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15 Dec 2018 description

Mr. President,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Members of this Council,

I come before you today with some good news and a message of hope.

14 Dec 2018 description
report World Bank

Washington, December 14, 2018 - The World Bank announced a new US$140 million grant to maintain the delivery of emergency cash transfers to 1.5 million poor and most vulnerable Yemeni households, covering a total of 9 million individuals. The new grant is from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank fund for the world’s poorest countries.

14 Dec 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13621

Security Council
8424th Meeting (AM)

Officials Highlight Demilitarization of Ports, Prisoner Exchange, Airport Re-opening as Vital to Relieving Dire Humanitarian Situation

Reporting on the newly reached agreement to demilitarize ports in Yemen, United Nations officials urged the Security Council today to take swift action to ensure full implementation of the accord in order to relieve the dire humanitarian situation in the war-torn country.

14 Dec 2018 description

As delivered

New York, 14 December 2018

Thank you, Mr. President.

A fortnight ago in Yemen I got a glimpse of what life is like in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. I talked to families who fled violence raging in their communities, some of them living for years under a plastic sheet.

I met young mothers who had rushed desperately malnourished children to hospitals. For some, it was their second, third or even fourth visit, because their families can’t afford the food or medicine to keep them well once they’ve been discharged.

14 Dec 2018 description

The UN sponsored peace talks on Yemen have brought a small chink of hope: agreement of a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeida. It’s an important step, the first significant move towards peace in years. But for so many of Yemen’s civilians, the ceasefire may not have come soon enough. An estimated 2.2 million children in Yemen are acutely malnourished, and in recent months ICRC staff at primary health centres have seen an increase in their numbers.

14 Dec 2018 description

As UNHCR works to enhance registration data, the monthly population update has been frozen as of 31 August 2018, pending completion of the ongoing Level 3 registration

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 905,831 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 August 2018.

Over 205,000 refugees, representing 24.7% of the total refugee population in Ethiopia, have gone through the comprehensive (L3) registration.

14 Dec 2018 description

UNHCR Senior Officials, including the Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, visited a site for internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Ethiopia. 2.4 million Ethiopians are currently believed to be IDPs.

Betty G, UNHCR High Profile Supporter and Ethiopian Singer, advocates for refugees’ rights, with a focus on women refugees, after visit to the Aysaita Refugee Camp in Afar As UNHCR works to enhance registration data, the monthly population of concern figures have been frozen as of 31 August 2018, to facilitate the completion of the ongoing Level 3 Registration.

14 Dec 2018 description
  • On 13 December, the UN reported that the parties reached an agreement on the city of Hodeidah and the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa. An executive mechanism to activate the prisoners’ exchange agreement was also agreed, along with a statement of understanding on Taïz. The next round of talks is announced for late January 2019.

14 Dec 2018 description

Humanitarian organisations in Yemen congratulate parties to the conflict on the cooperation and persistence that have led to the most positive agreements seen for Yemeni civilians in more than three years. These represent a significant step on the road to real and lasting peace in Yemen and could have a transformative impact on a humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people.

14 Dec 2018 description
report Islamic Relief

Tufail Hussain, Interim Director of Islamic Relief UK said:

“Islamic Relief UK welcomes today’s agreement, which could be a major step forward for the people of Yemen, especially those in Hodeida who are on the very frontline of a conflict that is causing the displacement of thousands of people every month and leaving many more lives at risk. As one of the largest INGOs operating in Yemen, we know that without a de-escalation of the crisis, hundreds of thousands of people need humanitarian assistance to survive.

14 Dec 2018 description

Responding to news that the warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a ceasefire for the port city of Hodeidah, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Director of Research said:

“Today’s announcement of a ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah brings hope to millions of civilians who are heavily dependent on the port for access to essential goods and humanitarian aid.

13 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

NEW YORK, 13 December 2018 – “Today millions of children across Yemen saw their dreams of peace inch closer to reality with the close of promising negotiations between the warring parties and an agreed ceasefire in the port city of Hudaydah.

13 Dec 2018 description

SG/SM/19405

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the closing of the intra-Yemeni consultations, in Rimbo, Sweden, today:

13 Dec 2018 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam today welcomed the deal reached in Sweden between the warring parties in Yemen.

Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam Yemen Country Director, said:

"The agreement gives hope to Yemenis during a dark time. But that hope is fragile while fighting continues, salaries remain unpaid and hunger and disease claim lives.

"The agreement lays a promising foundation for peace in Yemen, which needs to be built upon constructively and quickly.

13 Dec 2018 description
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Stockholm Agreement
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Agreement on the City of Hodeidah and Ports of Hodeidah, Salif, and Ras Isa
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Statement of Understanding on Ta'iz

The Parties,
After holding consultations under the auspices of the United Nations from 6-13 December 2018 in the Kingdom of Sweden,
Expressing their gratitude to the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden for hosting the consultations and for the hospitality and support they provided throughout,
Expressing their gratitude also to all states and organizations that have provided the support necessary for the consultations to succeed,
Considering the urgent need to address the dire humanitarian situation and insecure conditions faced by the Yemeni people,

13 Dec 2018 description
report UN News Service

The announcement of a ceasefire between Yemen’s warring parties in and around the key port of Hudaydah, was hailed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday as a deal which would improve the lives of millions of people.

Speaking on the last day of UN-led talks in Sweden to decide the future of the war-torn country, where its people are in the grip of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, Mr. Guterres told those present that they had “the future of Yemen” in their hands.

13 Dec 2018 description
report Save the Children

“The warring parties must implement the steps agreed in Sweden, in line with international humanitarian law. The world will be watching. A ceasefire in Hodeidah, and the reopening of Sanaa airport to domestic flights are important first steps to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Yemen.

13 Dec 2018 description

As humanitarians on the ground in Yemen, we welcome the announcement of a ceasefire in Hodeidah and statement of understanding on Taiz with relief and optimism. If implemented in full by all parties the actions agreed today could have the power to change the course of the crisis in Yemen.

13 Dec 2018 description

On 13th December the Foreign Secretary travelled to Sweden for the final day of UN Yemen peace talks

Today Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was in Stockholm to attend the UN-led peace talks on Yemen. Mr Hunt met the UN Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, and the delegations of both the Government of Yemen and the Houthis. This included Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid Al Yemeni and Houthi Spokesperson Mohammed Abdulsalam.

Following his visit to Stockholm, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

13 Dec 2018 description

Protracted conflict and below-average rainfall likely to drive increased acute food insecurity

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