Statement by H.E. Jörundur Valtýsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations
9 December 2019 – High Level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
Iceland remains a proud supporter of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) as outlined in our newly approved international development cooperation policy.
We firmly believe in CERF´s instrumental role in enabling the delivery of time-critical and life-saving humanitarian assistance to millions of beneficiaries across the world.
One of the most important aspects of the Fund, in our view, is its emphasis on addressing under-funded and sudden onset emergencies. The Fund´s impressive allocation model makes it, arguably, one of the most efficient humanitarian response mechanism to date.
In a world of competing humanitarian emergencies, many of which are of protracted nature, the competition for life-saving resources is as real as ever. Here, CERF plays a vital role in ensuring that as few as possible are left behind.
Iceland is entering into its second multi-year framework agreement with CERF. The new agreement enters into force in 2020 and will be valid for four years, or until 2023. Our annual allocation of at least 50 million Icelandic Krona (or roughly 400 thousand USD) will be predictable and dispersed at the beginning of each year.
We encourage other Member States to follow suite and provide predictable funding to CERF - to ensure that the Fund can sustain its critical and life-saving function.
I thank you.