On its 1st anniversary 376 million provided by UN fund for emergencies

9 March 2007Today marks the first anniversary of a landmark United Nations fund which has significantly reduced the time in which aid is delivered to those most in need, and to date, $376.1 million has been distributed in 40 countries through almost 400 projects, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), managed by OCHA, was established last year to speed up relief operations for humanitarian emergencies and make funds available quickly after a disaster, when people are at most risk. Previously, it took up to four months for funds to reach areas affected by disasters.CERF funding for aid programmes is made available within 72 hours in emergencies such as the armed conflicts in Lebanon and Timor-Leste, allowing UN agencies on the ground to provide immediate assistance.“I welcome all that the CERF has accomplished in the last year, and look forward to consolidating and furthering this progress as the Fund continues to evolve,” said John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.To date, $214.2 million has been disbursed to aid to emergency situations, while $161.9 was provided for underfunded crises to reverse imbalances in global aid distribution which result in millions suffering in so-called neglected or forgotten crises.Financed by voluntary contributions, 73 partners – Member States, local governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector – have thus far contributed $399.4 million to CERF.A majority of CERF grants have been for natural disaster responses. For example, Afghanistan received $32.3 million to address needs arising from the drought and security situation.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the largest recipient of CERF funds so far, “often struggles with breaks in the food pipeline for its beneficiaries, sometimes in genuinely difficult environments like Darfur,” said the agency’s Executive Director, James Morris. “We always welcome new avenues to receive support and appreciate donations through the CERF.”As CERF enters its second year, it seeks to expand its donor base, broaden partnerships through UN inter-agency cooperation and provide equitable balance to neglected emergencies. The Fund also seeks to increase benefits to NGOs, and CERF will utilize the results of an internal evaluation this year to identify areas in which it can improve. read more

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St Leonards shooting Man 35 arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother

first_imgPolice sealed off the sceneCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Forensics in white boiler suits and face masks worked into the night on Friday and Saturday to gather evidence from the three bedroom property behind a cordon that forced an estimated 30 families temporarily removed from their homes.Chief Superintendent Jason Taylor said: “Officers responded immediately to reports of a shooting shortly before 7:45pm.”Two women died at the scene.”Two other women, who were also at the house, were led to safety and were taken to hospital for shock.”They are being supported by specially trained officers.”A 35-year-old man, who was known to the victims, was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody where he remains.”A firearm has been recovered.”Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Incident Team are leading the investigation, supported by local policing teams.”We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders but are appealing for witnesses to contact us. Police at the scene where two women were shot dead at a house in St Leonards, East Sussex  The scene of the St Leonards shooting  Police said the attack was “not a random act” and said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the double killing.Locals described seeing armed police arrive at the scene in a 4×4, Officers clutching firearms shouted at passersby “your life is at risk”.James Butler said: “All of a sudden, police officers were shouting ‘get back, get back, your life is at risk, do not come past, turn around’.”There were police officers with guns and torches shining the light into nearby houses.”A couple of minutes later, a lady came over and asked what was going on. She was visibly taken aback by the situation, and seemed quite scared. A firearm was recovered by forensics from the sceneCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL / DAN JESSUPcenter_img “Bexhill Road remains closed at this time, and while this investigation continues I would like to thank the community for their patience.”Home Secretary and local MP Amber Rudd tweeted her condolences for the family and said:  “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims in last night’s tragic shooting incident in Bexhill Road.”I’ve spoken to the police chief and want to commend the swift actions of the police and other emergency services in responding to this incident.”I’d like to reassure residents that as the police have said, they’ve already arrested someone in connection with this tragedy.”There’s a great community spirit amongst residents of West St. Leonards which I know will continue, helping the families and friends of the victims.” “The next thing she said to me was ‘I’m going inside, I’m not staying out here, it’s not safe’.”Another neighbour who lives at the end of the street said: “I’ve lived here 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before.“I was just watching a film when I saw police with machine guns running past the window.” Police are questioning a 35-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a mother and daughter were shot dead in a seaside town.The two women, aged 53 and 32, were killed inside a semi-detached home in St Leonards, East Sussex, on Friday night.Two other women, including one who is pregnant, were led to safety by officers and were treated at hospital for shock.Officers were called to the house at 7.43pm on Friday. The suspect, who police said was known to the victims, was discovered hiding in a railway underpass near the house two hours later.Forensics later recovered a firearm from the scene. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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