More than 40 countries have pledged $384 million to a United Nations fund that provides immediate money to respond to humanitarian emergencies around the world from conflicts to earthquakes and typhoons.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Tuesday that 22 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Finland, Sweden and Turkey, increased their pledges for 2013. The $384 million was a $9 million increase from last year's level. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund has an annual funding target of $450 million. (AP)