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06 Mar 2018 description

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 5 March 2018

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Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be here at the annual DIHAD conference.

Today, I will focus on how we can do better in humanitarian and development action with available resources, and how can we scale up innovative programming modalities, partnerships and financing models to not only meet humanitarian needs more effectively, but also to reduce them over time?

06 Mar 2018 description


22.2 million people in need

2,014,026 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

89 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

956,076 IDP returnees

338,609 IDP and refugee recipients of cash grants in 2017

280,692 refugees and asylum seekers


USD 198.7 M requested in 2018

Humanitarian Challenges and Critical Needs

05 Mar 2018 description


FAO assesses that globally 37 countries are in need of external assistance for food.
Conflicts continue to be the main factor driving the high levels of severe food insecurity.
Weather shocks have also adversely impacted food availability and access, notably in East Africa.


05 Mar 2018 description


• As of end of 2017, 655,624 Syrian refugees were registered with UNHCR, including refugees hosted in Za’atari, Azraq camps, Emirati Jordanian (EJC) camp and King Abdullah Park.

• At the end of December 2017 65,922 Iraqis are registered with UNHCR in Jordan. Due to the escalating violence in Iraq, it is expected to see an increase the number of Iraqis seeking asylum.

04 Mar 2018 description

The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO) Support Center announces that over one million people are now direct beneficiaries of humanitarian aid and relief under YCHO plan. In less than six weeks, 1,024,439 people have received food, shelter or medical aid under the YCHO. This number excludes fuel supplies announced today and other aid currently en route, such as the 50-truck convoy carrying 926 metric tons of aid that departed on 27 February.

To date, aid delivered includes:

75,232 boxes of dates

55,063 food baskets

04 Mar 2018 description

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Centre (KSRelief) has agreed to provide 900,000 liters of fuel to the World Food Programme (WFP) for supply to hospitals in nine governorates of Yemen. The fuel will be delivered in convoys of 5 trucks, each hauling 36,000 liters of fuel, and the current convoy is the second of its kind to deliver such aid under the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO), launched on 22 January 2018.

04 Mar 2018 description


Continuing conflict in Al Hudaydah governorate and other frontlines led to a slight increase of IDPs figures from last week.

In Al Hudaydah, there were 324 new families in Al Mina, Al Hawak and Al Hali districts displaced from Hays and Al Jarrahi districts.

In Aden, increase of IDPs figures by 460 in Khanfir and Zinjibar, 229 in Aden, 41 in Tuban and 70 displaced from Al-Garrahi, Hays and Mawza to Mokha-Taiz

04 Mar 2018 description

SHABWA, Yemen, 3rd March, 2018 (WAM) -- The UAE, for the fourth day running, is continuing distribution of humanitarian aid among the people of the Yemeni governorate of Shabwa.

The Emirates Red Crescent, the UAE's primary humanitarian aid provider, today distributed a total of 6,000 food baskets among the people of the liberated governorate in line with the directives of the UAE leadership to stand by the brotherly Yemeni people and support the cities recently liberated from the Iran-backed coup perpetrators.

04 Mar 2018 description

MOCHA, 3rd March, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, with support from the UAE Armed Forces, distributed thousands of food baskets to the residents of the Mocha District in the Taiz Governorate on Yemen’s Red Sea Coast, after its liberation from the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

The Arab Coalition Forces, led by Saudi Arabia, are continuing their humanitarian efforts in the Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen, with the UAE Armed Forces providing aid to those in need in liberated areas in Yemen's Red Sea Coast.

04 Mar 2018 description

HADRAMAUT, 3rd March, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, continues its humanitarian relief efforts in the Hadramaut governorate, where it provided food aid to Yemeni citizens in Tarim.

This latest effort falls within the aid organisation's remit and objectives to provide humanitarian relief across various sectors in liberated areas of Yemen, including health, education, and infrastructure development.

04 Mar 2018 description

MUKALLA, 22nd February, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, today signed an agreement to supply Al Rabwa Health Centre in Mukalla with equipment, including sonar and CBC devices, to provide leading health services to Yemeni citizens free of cost.

04 Mar 2018 description

HAYS, 14th February, 2018 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, with support from the UAE Armed Forces, distributed thousands of food baskets to the residents of Hays District in Hodeidah Governorate on Yemen’s Red Sea Coast, after its liberation from the Iranian-backed Houthi militias.