UN fund gets $7.5M from Japan

Japan announced it will send $7.5 million to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, making the country the 41st contributor to the initiative. In December, the U.N. General Assembly authorized the creation of the fund, which U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan inaugurated two months ago. The $500 million program aims to speed up response to natural disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes and support under-funded emergencies. U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said: “Too often, aid resembles a lottery in which a few win but most lose based on consideration other than need. We must move from lottery to predictability so all those who suffer receive aid.”

Source: Japan pledges $7.5 million to U.N. emergency fund (Kyodo News)

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