Media Statement

25 September 2015

SA Government Official appointed as member of the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has on Thursday, 24 September 2015, appointed Ambassador Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko, Deputy Director-General of Global and Continental Governance in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), as one of the seven (7) new members of the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the UN’s global emergency response fund.

Ambassador Mxakato-Diseko is also the Chair of the Group of 77 and China for Climate Change.

The Advisory Group’s 18 members provide policy guidance to the UN Secretary-General and advice on the use and impact of CERF, through the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr Stephen O’Brien, who manages the Fund on behalf of the Secretary-General.

Furthermore, the Advisory Group members serve in their individual capacity, and not as representatives of their countries or Governments. They include Government officials from contributing and recipient countries, representatives of humanitarian non-governmental organizations and academic experts.

According to the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, the Central Emergency Response Fund has since its inception in 2006, allocated more than $4 billion in support of humanitarian operations in 95 countries and territories facing natural or man-made disasters, ranging from the victims of earthquakes and tsunamis to survivors fleeing war and atrocities in their own homelands.

Enquiries: Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO 082 884 5974

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