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Election of Ambassador Mxakato-Diseko as the Vice-Chair of the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Relief Fund 

Ambassador Mxakato-Diseko has been elected by consensus to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) for the duration of her single three year term as a member of the Advisory Group (AG) of CERF.

The 18-Member Advisory Group met on 21 and 22 March 2016 in New York. The term of the current Vice-Chair, Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi, Director of the Department of International Development Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director-General of the Qatar Development Fund Qatar end in August/September this year. Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid (SHA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland is the Chair of the Advisory Group.

The CERF AG provides the Secretary-General with periodic policy guidance and expert 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 also manages the Fund’s day-to-day operations on behalf of the Secretary-General. The CERF AG Group meets twice a year. The next meeting will be in October/November 2016.  

As the Vice-Chair, Ambassador Mxakato-Diseko will be promoting and advocating for CERF in a challenging resource mobilization environment, as the Fund has to deepen and diversify its donor base to address the growing global humanitarian needs.

Ambassador NKM Seleka, Director: Humanitarian Affairs, Department of International Relations and Cooperation of SA

 

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