Statement by Mr. Enayet Madani, Counsellor,
Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations
Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) High-Level Conference
It is a matter of great pleasure for me to speak on behalf of Dr. Zahir Tanin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations
in this important humanitarian High-level Conference in support of OCHA and CERF. My delegation believes that the Central Emergency Response Fund is playing a pivotal role in providing urgent humanitarian relief assistance to the most vulnerable people around the world. The CERF has proven to be an efficient component of the United Nations which allows calculated aid to reach the neediest populations when immediate action is required.
This year alone, CERF has played a critical role in supporting Afghanistan in demanding humanitarian situations. In response to drought and dramatically increased food prices, in March 2009, the amount of $ 1.5 million humanitarian relief assistance was provided to farmers through the support of initiatives by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Furthermore, the CERF provided $ 2.7 million humanitarian assistance to help Afghans survive the extreme winter through health and water-related relief efforts in February 2009.
Afghanistan supports the Report of Secretary General on Central Emergency Response Fund and strongly convinced that the CERF has demonstrated as a valuable financing mechanism and remains a steady source of assistance when gaps in funds or unforeseen disaster occur.
We would like to commend the work CERF does under the wise and able leadership of Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr. John Holmes. We hope that pledges made recognize the unprecedented importance of this fund in supporting impoverished and vulnerable communities around the world.
My Government would like to make a symbolic contribution of Afs 75,000 to the CERF as a token of appreciation for the dedicated work of OCHA in Afghanistan. I would encourage all those member states, especially those that have benefited directly to the CERF, to also “give such to the CERF, however symbolically as a strong statement of support.