UNITED NATIONS, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The UN humanitarian chief on Tuesday announced an allocation of 72 million U.S. dollars from an emergency fund to assist people in neglected crises around the world, a UN spokesman told reporters here.
"The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, announced the allocation of some 72 million U.S. dollars for humanitarian work in neglected crises in twelve countries," said Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for UN secretary-general, at the daily briefing.
"These new allocations bring the total amount provided through the underfunded emergencies part of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to an unprecedented 172 million U.S. dollars in a single year," Nesirky said.
The funds will support vital humanitarian aid in Bangladesh, Chad, Colombia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Haiti, Madagascar, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Pakistan, the Philippines and Somalia, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
"This money will save lives by ensuring that humanitarian organizations can continue to support the most vulnerable men, women and children caught in the midst of devastating disasters and conflicts," Amos was quoted as saying in the news release.
CERF, which is managed by OCHA, is one of the world's largest sources of humanitarian funding, and every year a third of all its funds is set aside for underfunded emergencies to help even out disparities between aid appeals.
Since 2006, CERF has supplied assistance to face the consequences of natural disasters and other crisis to 87 countries and territories. In 2012, CERF allocated some 465 million dollars to 49 countries, including Haiti, Pakistan, South Sudan, Syria, Myanmar and the DPRK.
CERF is funded by voluntary contributions from UN member states, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local governments, the private sector and individual donors.