Ahead of the humanitarian pledging conference in Geneva, Switzerland tomorrow on 3 April, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expresses his deep gratitude for the $930 million provided on Tuesday by two donor countries, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate to the Yemen Humanitarian Fund.
“These funds cover almost one-third of the $2.96 billion required to implement the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, which will enable the United Nations and its partners to help alleviate the suffering of millions of vulnerable people across Yemen,” says statement issued by Mr. Guterres’ office, following the signing of the memorandum on the voluntary contributions.
More than 22 million people in Yemen require humanitarian aid or protection assistance, including 2 million who are internally displaced due to the ongoing conflict between the Government and rebel forces.
“I would like to take this occasion to appeal to all the other donors who will be meeting in Geneva next week (At the humanitarian pledging conference) to follow the same generosity” shown by the two countries, the UN chief told reporters the UN’s New York Headquarters, after meeting with Prince Mohamad Bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince.
The UN, through its envoy, has been engaged in helping Yemenis to find a peaceful solution. UN agencies and partners are also on the ground to deliver life-saving aid.