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U.N. fund gives US$6.5 mln to its partners in N. Korea

2014/04/01 09:33

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations humanitarian fund created to speed up relief efforts around the world has given US$6.5 million to its partners operating in North Korea, a U.S. radio report said.

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided the money to the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization and the U.N. Population Fund, the Washington-based Radio Free Asia said Monday.

The CERF said on its website in January that it allocated $6.5 million to help humanitarian partners sustain emergency aid operations in the North.

In 2013, North Korea received more than $15 million from the CERF.

North Korea has been on the list of recipients of the CERF since 2006 when the U.N. General Assembly established the emergency fund, the RFA said.

The CERF pools donor contributions into a single fund to ensure money is available to start relief work immediately when needs arise, according to ReliefWeb, a website run by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The North has relied on international handouts since the late 1990s when it suffered a widespread famine that was estimated to have killed 2 million people.

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