Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock: Note on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

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As I told the Security Council last week, the humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. During my briefing, I set out five immediate asks to avert catastrophe.

In the meantime, we have raised a record amount of funding for our humanitarian appeal in 2018 – $2.1 billion from our generous donors towards the UN coordinated response plan. Thank you, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Kuwait, the United Kingdom, and all our donors.

Most of these funds come as large, unconditional, rapid, unearmarked, cash contributions.

All of our donors recognize that alleviating suffering in Yemen is a moral priority and a humanitarian imperative. They are all entitled to know, and we want to tell them, how we use their money and who benefits. So far this year:

  • Nearly 8 million people have received assistance across the country;

  • More than 7 million people have received food and we treated more than 420,000 children for malnutrition;

  • Clean water, sanitation and basic hygiene support is available to 7.4 million people; and,

  • About 8 million men, women, girls and boys have benefited from health services, including women who were able to safely deliver more than 152,000 babies.

New York, 30 October 2018

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