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Top UN official upbeat as many Member States commit to emergency relief fund

by Pat Coate | December 09, 2008
"The pledges are an important signal to the millions of people caught in humanitarian crises around the world that they will not be abandoned, that international support for humanitarian efforts is as strong as ever."
- John Holmes, UN emergency-relief official

United Nations - The United Nations humanitarian chief announced today that around $380 million was pledged to its emergency relief fund that can be quickly accessed by the world body, potentially saving thousands of lives when responding to disasters.

Mr. Holmes noted that yesterday’s meeting also resulted in pledges from seven first-time donors; Afghanistan, Kenya, Myanmar, Oman, Samoa, Saint Lucia and Timor-Leste.

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