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Humanitarian Rights
01 September 2008 / 02:45

Thailand attaches great importance to efforts to strengthen the coordination and responsiveness of humanitarian assistance to victims of natural disasters and emergency situations. We believe that humanitarian assistance should be firmly based on the actual needs on the ground. In this connection, Thailand has made annual contributions to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). It is hoped that CERF will become a useful mechanism to generate early and prompt response to disasters and help solve the problem of fund shortage.

Thailand looks forward to the review of CERF’s effectiveness since its establishment in 2005, particularly ways and means to further enhance the effectiveness of its fund. As Thailand believes that it is necessary to forge humanitarian partnership at all levels, we have tried to enhance not only local and national, but also regional and international, capacities to respond to natural disasters and emergency situations. Thailand has made substantial financial contributions to the Trust Fund on Tsunami Early Warning Arrangements in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia and pledged regular financial and other contributions for humanitarian assistance at the international level through such international organizations as the World Food Programme.