New York 20 June 2018
UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR MARK LOWCOCK
Good afternoon, everybody.
Martin Griffiths and I have just briefed the Council on the current situation in Yemen, especially around Hodeidah. The focus of the discussion has essentially been about how we prevent a battle for Hodeidah. We explained why Hodeidah matters for the whole of the humanitarian operation.
I am extremely concerned by recent developments in Yemen. Over the past few weeks we have seen an escalation in conflict, growing restrictions on humanitarian action and a reduction in essential commercial imports. These factors are compounding the world’s worst humanitarian crisis at a time when millions of Yemenis face acute food insecurity and a possible resurgence of cholera or watery diarrhoea.
Yemen remains the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Three quarters of the population, more than 22 million people, urgently require some form of humanitarian help, including 8.4 million people who struggle to find their next meal. The crisis is overwhelming families and institutions and is now affecting nearly every sector and every aspect of Yemeni life.
With swift and joint action, conditions for the Yemeni people can improve. On the political front, you have just heard from Martin, the Secretary-General's envoy.
Geneva, 3 April 2018
Thank you all for coming.
On 5 January, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided the first funding in 2018 to the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. We provided a grant of US$50 million. That was the largest ever grant provided under the CERF and it was possible only because a lot of you provide generous, core, un-earmarked contributions to the CERF. And I want to thank in particular the governments of the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Norway who are the largest contributors to the CERF.
New York, 27 February 2018
I provide this update to the Security Council today on behalf of the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock.
After three years of conflict, conditions in Yemen are catastrophic. A record 22.2 million people need humanitarian assistance or protection – including 8.4 million people who are severely food insecure.
I reiterate the Secretary-General’s statement welcoming the generous US$1 billion pledge by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to support humanitarian action in Yemen, as well as their commitment to raise an additional $500 million from other donors in the region.
I remain deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Yemen, which has continued to deteriorate because of on-going conflict, collapsing basic services and economic decline. A record 22.2 million people are now in need humanitarian assistance in Yemen – 3.4 million more than last year.
In the past month, there has been progress in opening Yemen’s critical Red Sea ports to commercial fuel and food shipments as well as the resumption of humanitarian shipments and flights. However, I remain deeply concerned by the deterioration in the humanitarian situation – a catastrophe made worse by recent increases in fighting and airstrikes.
I remain deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Yemen, where more than 22 million people need humanitarian assistance – 8.4 million of whom are already on the edge of starvation. Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure have continued and must stop. I am encouraged, however, by the news that the first commercial fuel imports into Hudaydah port since 6 November docked today, while commercial food imports that resumed in recent weeks have continued.
Hello everybody. Thanks very much for coming.
I’ve just briefed the Council in closed session on recent developments in Yemen. I’ve made a number of statements on this topic in recent days, including a Member States briefing on Monday. I’m not going to repeat all that. I’m just going to give you an update on recent developments.
New York, 06 November 2017
Thank you all for coming today. I visited Yemen from 24 to 28 October. It was my first visit there as Emergency Relief Coordinator. I also attended a valuable meeting organized by the King Salman Relief Center on Yemen in Riyadh on 29 October.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 29 October 2017
Excellencies, Dear Dr Al Rabbeah,
It is a pleasure to be here at this important event to discuss the challenges and opportunities for humanitarian operations in Yemen.
I came to Yemen to better understand the deteriorating humanitarian crisis, including the fastest growing cholera epidemic the world has ever seen, the world’s largest food insecurity crisis and conditions of widespread population displacement.
This was my first mission to Yemen as Emergency Relief Coordinator. It has been shocking to see the terrible impact of this man-made conflict.
In Sana’a and Aden, and during my visits to Lahj, Hudaydah, Hajjah, and Amran governorates,
I have met hundreds of Yemenis, and listened to their stories of atrocious suffering.
Ministers, Distinguished Representatives,
Thank you for coming this morning to discuss the critical humanitarian situation in Yemen. I especially want to thank the Foreign Minister of Sweden, Margot Wallström, and the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, for co-chairing today’s event, as well as our keynote speakers, the President of the International Committee for the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, and the Yemen Humanitarian Coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick.
Mr President, Distinguished Representatives,
New York, 21 August 2017
Mr. President, Distinguished Representatives,
New York, 12 July 2017
As delivered Thank you and thank you to Special Envoy, Ismail, for his statement to which I fully align.
Mr President, Distinguished Representatives,
I welcome the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s announcement yesterday that it will contribute $66.7 million to UNICEF and the World Health Organization to combat cholera in Yemen.
This follows an announcement by the European Commission that it will provide an additional $5.6 million for the cholera response, bringing the Commission’s total to $9.9 million.
Thank you. I thank the Special Envoy for his statement to which I fully align.
The people of Yemen are being subjected to deprivation, disease and death as the world watches. This is not an unforeseen or coincidental result of forces beyond our control. It is a direct consequence of actions of the parties and supporters of the conflict, and is also, sadly, a result of inaction – whether due to inability or indifference – by the international community.