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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: CERF - Yemen

07 Dec 2020


A child walks on a mountain road from Al Hudaydah to Sana'a, Yemen (file photo). Credit: Giles Clarke for OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 7 December 2020


Tomorrow, Secretary-General António Guterres will open the annual Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) High-Level Pledging Event.

The event, convened by OCHA, will highlight CERF’s achievements for 2020 and pledging announcements towards the fund in 2021. There will also be discussion on how to collectively increase the level of funding for the Fund towards the US$1 billion target endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 2016.

The High-Level Event will bring together senior representatives from UN Member States and Observers, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, foundations and the private sector.

Since its establishment, CERF has provided nearly US$7 billion for life-saving humanitarian action that has helped hundreds of millions of people across more than 100 countries and territories.

This would not have been possible without generous and consistent donor support.



Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. Laurent Bukera this weekend expressed his deepest condolences to the families of people killed in the second attack in Al Hudaydah within a week – and the third across Yemen.

On 3 December, six civilian workers lost their lives and 10 others were injured after artillery shelling hit Thabet Brothers Industrial Complex in Al Hudaydah City, according to preliminary reports.

“The parties to the conflict should stop indiscriminate attacks on civilians which are in clear violation of international humanitarian law,” said Mr. Bukera in a statement. “Instead, they should be focusing on saving millions of Yemenis from looming famine.”