On 23 September, on the margins of the 75th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic and Swedish Minister for International Cooperation Peter Eriksson co-hosted a virtual High-level event on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen.
The ministerial level event convened Member States, the UN and INGOs. Participants reinstated calls to all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under International Humanitarian Law, most notably facilitating unhindered humanitarian access to populations in need and allowing sufficient imports of food and basic commodities into the country.
Recognizing the root causes of the degrading humanitarian crisis in Yemen, representatives urged all parties to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities as a first step towards a political solution to the conflict. In the meantime measures to stabilize the economy are urgently required to reduce the rampant food insecurity.
Participants also recognized the need for increased recovery and development funding to the country, while maintaining sufficient levels of support to the humanitarian response. Participants agreed on the urgent need for additional funding.