Statement at the Pledging Conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund

Bilge Koçyiğit Grba 09.12.2020
USG Lowcock, Excellencies, distinguished participants,

It is an immense pleasure to join all of you in support of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

Every year, we come together to acknowledge the achievements of CERF through its effective response in the face of humanitarian emergencies.

While the changing nature of crises and COVID-19 have exacerbated needs, mobilizing donors and humanitarian actors has become more important than ever.

As a remarkable success of the international community, CERF remains one of the fastest enablers of humanitarian action.

We are glad that last year alone, CERF reached a record level of allocation with more than half a billion US Dollars to support humanitarian efforts in 49 countries.

Yemen, Somalia and other countries in Africa, which received the largest levels of funding through CERF are also at the heart of Turkey’s humanitarian action.

We welcome CERF allocations to UNRWA amounting to 50 million US Dollars to respond to critical needs of Palestine refugees and assist the Agency in the current cash flow crisis. We should make use of every available tool for the survival of UNRWA, which plays a key role for the stability of the region.

It is also noteworthy that UNHCR and IOM remain among the main recipients of CERF allocations, through projects in more than 25 countries. Refugees, migrants and all vulnerable groups require our attention more than ever at this critical time.

On the other hand, we are pleased that CERF has been an important contributor of the pandemic response with allocations totaling 100 million USD.

According to the Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme, in 2019, Turkey continued to be the leading donor country with 7.6 billion USD worth of humanitarian assistance. In addition to our regular humanitarian programming, as part of the fight against COVID-19, we have responded to the medical needs of more than 156 countries and 11 international organizations.

CERF is an important instrument to increase the efficiency of the humanitarian response across the system. As a major donor country hosting more than 4 million refugees and migrants, we witness first hand the life-saving results of its work.

Therefore, we attach utmost importance to its critical and invaluable role. I am pleased to announce that for the year 2021, Turkey will continue its contribution of 450 thousand Dollars for the CERF.

We strongly support CERF and reiterate our call to expand its toolbox for more flexible and innovative humanitarian financing. In our pursuit for effective remedies and mitigation for global crises, the principle of burden sharing must be upheld and the most vulnerable groups and countries must be protected.

In conclusion, l would like to commend the brave and dedicated work of humanitarian workers who risk their lives on a daily basis to help people in need. These unsung heroes touch our lives with their remarkable work.

Thank you.