On 4 October, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Jordan, Dr. Sami Al-Saleh, presented United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) with the amount of US$ 2 million representing the Kingdom’s annual payment for UNRWA regular programmes in 2015. Receiving the contribution on behalf of UNRWA, Dr. Omar Rifai, Representative of the Commissioner-General, thanked the Kingdom, noting that Saudi Arabia is first in the ranking of Arab contributors to the UNRWA regular budget and its third largest overall donor.
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (AM)
General Assembly President Urges Continuing Support in Absence of Solution to Palestinian Question, amid Broader Refugee Crisis
A total of 21 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2016 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials urged stable financing for the Agency against a backdrop of expanding crises in the Middle East.
JERUSALEM, 8 October 2015 (IRIN) - Yemen’s Houthi rebels formally committed this week to a UN-brokered peace plan, but their rival for power, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, dismissed it simply as a “manoeuvre.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric described the written pledge to the seven-point scheme, which would see the Houthis withdraw from captured territories and give up arms, as “an important step.”
IRIN canvassed expert opinion about the significance of the move:
Kenya - Representatives from IOM and UNHCR have presented a Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RRMRP) to respond to the crisis in Yemen at a donor meeting held in Nairobi on October 5th. The plan will cost USD 36 million from October to December 2015 and may cost a further USD 119 million in 2016.
The RRMRP covering the period of October-December 2015 is the outcome of an inter-agency planning process coordinated by IOM, UNHCR and partner agencies in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.
By Imogen Foulkes
GENEVA, 2 October 2015 (IRIN) - On a chilly autumn day in Geneva, the elegant mansion that houses the Swiss Press Club was flanked by half a dozen black limousines, all with telltale diplomatic license plates. They were for Saudi Arabian diplomats who had turned up to support the launch of a generous Saudi-funded aid plan for Yemen.
September 2015 – Trends
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen
Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia
October 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic
Conflict resolution opportunities
Humanitarian actors involved in the response to the outflow of civilians from Yemen due to the current conflict are committed to providing life-saving assistance and protection to those fleeing Yemen, pending durable solutions.
Total out of Yemen
Total evacuated (as of 10 September, IOM)
Calls on all factions to allow access to aid for all those across Yemen most in need
(New York 23 September 2015) The Emergency Relief Coordinator and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, thanked the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre for its significant contribution to the underfunded humanitarian appeal for Yemen.
“The King Salman Center is providing $244 million pledged to nine United Nations entities working to alleviate the suffering of millions of people in Yemen,” said Mr. O’Brien.
KABUL, Sep 15, 2015- The Saudi government would provide $5 million in assistance for Afghanistan’s health sector under an agreement signed here on Tuesday.
The agreement was signed between Public Health Minister Dr. Fairozuddin Fairoz and Saudi Ambassador in Kabul Mesfer bin Abdul Rahman Al-Ghaseb.
Fairoz said the Saudi assistance would used to construct buildings for a hospital in Nangarhar, two intermediate medical institutes in Paktia, a training programme for 100 nurses in the eastern zone and purchasing 35 ambulances.
The Fourth Regional Technical Group meeting on Disaster Management under the Heart of Asia regional cooperation initiative took place today, and resulted in the development of a Confidence-Building Measure (CBM) Road Map for Heart of Asia Countries. The meeting was attended by representatives from all 14 participating countries and six supporting countries. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was a technical partner for the meeting, and Mr Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, was in attendance as chief guest.
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement today addressing the Kingdom’s efforts to support the Syrian people. Saudi Arabia has been one of the largest providers of aid to Syria’s people, and has taken in millions of citizens from the war-torn country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that the following actions have been taken by Saudi Arabia:
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), has pledged US$ 7.6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for a series of works in Jordan to upgrade and equip health centres and schools for Palestine refugees throughout the country, as part of an overall package of US$ 35 million for the Agency.
RIYADH – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide US$143 million for food assistance to millions of hungry people in Yemen.
The MoU was signed on Thursday, by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, Adviser at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Work, and Ramiro Lopes da Silva, WFP’s Assistant Executive Director.
The Fourth Regional Technical Group meeting under the Heart of Asia initiative took place in Islamabad today. The meeting’s focus was on confidence building measures (CBMs) for disaster management, which is led by Pakistan and Kazakhstan. This year focuses on the establishment of CBM’s road map of the Heart of Asia Countries.