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Donors pledge US$1.3 billion for Yemen, more needed

17 Mar 2022

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Members of a medical NGO examine a displaced girl at a former school building in northern Yemen. Credit: OCHA/Giles Clarke

The high-level pledging event on 16 March for Yemen raised US$1.3 billion for humanitarian programmes across the country. This financial support is urgently needed, as funding shortages have forced aid agencies in Yemen to cut back life-saving aid this year, including food, water and other essential services.

The UN thanked all donors who pledged generously at the event, and it recognized those who pledged for the first time or increased their contributions over the last year. This includes the United States and the European Commission, who substantially increased their pledges to Yemen. The UN also acknowledged Sweden and Switzerland for co-hosting the event for the fifth time.

The pledges send a powerful message that donors are not turning their back on Yemen, despite other crises demanding support. Recently, many of those same donors pledged generously for the crisis in Ukraine and other emergencies.

The UN had hoped to raise more at the pledging event. However, it understands that aid budgets are tight, and it took note of donors’ commitment to continue supporting Yemenis this year.

The event was not the last opportunity for pledges. The UN looks forward to continue working with all donors – past and present – to ensure life-saving aid can reach everyone who needs it in Yemen, and to address aid agencies’ other challenges beyond funding.