I will be brief, as our message is simple.
New Zealand’s endorses the Central Emergency Response Fund as a critical component of effective, coordinated humanitarian response
We applaud its flexibility to intervene early, and to help with low profile, underfunded emergencies.
Early intervention saves lives and saves money.
CERF is credible because it’s based on need and evidence from the field - resulting in a high level of ownership by Member States and to increasing private sector contributions, even in times of constraint.
That credibility is enhanced by the independent, five-year evaluation of CERF which assures us that this well-led fund is on track for continued improvements in its life-saving work.
New Zealand confirms its multi-year commitment to CERF of $NZ2 million a annum (approximately $US1.5 million) for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Finally, can I thank the many countries that came to our aid after the two magnitude 7-plus earthquakes that hit our second largest city, Christchurch, taking hundreds of lives and destroying the city centre.
For that, we are truly grateful.