Turkmenistan has officially announced of its next financial contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund of the United Nations.
The statement on behalf of the president and the country’s government was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Rashid Meredov in the events of high level, held online by UN secretary general António Guterres.
This year it is 15 years since the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution on establishment of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). For years of existence CERF has proved that it is the unique global tool for protection and rescue of life of people, satisfaction of sharp requirements for the humanitarian aid.
– In 2020 when WHO declared COVID-19 a global emergency situation in the field of public health services, and then the pandemic, the Fund reacted in due time, effectively and flexibly. Turkmenistan highly appreciates the CERF approach to updating current projects taking into account changing requirements and operational restrictions, – Meredov told.
With a view of support of the global activity which is carried out by the Fund, in the beginning of this year Turkmenistan brought a voluntary payment at a rate of 100 000 US dollars.
Having assured the UN secretary general of intention further to participate in the Fund activity, the head of foreign policy department informed that in 2021 Turkmenistan will allocate also 100 000 US dollars to the Central Emergency Response Fund of the United Nations.
Turkmenistan is ready to continue close cooperation with the Fund for coverage of a great number of the people who have suffered from humanitarian crisis, Meredov told.
He noted importance of the co-ordinated and system approach to minimisation of negative social and economic consequences of pandemic COVID-19 and efforts of the world community on reaction to emergency situations.
More than 50 donors announced of their contributions to the Central Emergency Response Fund of the United Nations for 2021, informs the fund.
In 2020 CERF has given the timely and vital aid nearby to 65 million persons in 52 countries for a total sum more than 900 million dollars. It is the highest sum ever allocated by CERF for one year. Financing of CERF has helped the people who have suffered from COVID-19 and outbreak of other illnesses, conflicts and acts of nature, such as droughts, earthquakes and hurricanes.