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UN humanitarian chief briefs Security Council on Yemen

11 Nov 2020

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An internally displaced woman at a site in Al-Dhale’e Governorate, Yemen, 23 February 2020. Credit: OCHA/Mahmoud Fadel-YPN

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock earlier today briefed the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Mr. Lowcock stressed that the most urgent task in Yemen today is to prevent widespread famine. He noted that data released last week have again confirmed that the risk is growing.

Malnutrition has never been worse and, in some parts of the country, one child in four is now acutely malnourished.

“Yemenis are not ‘going hungry’. They are being starved. All of us – parties to the conflict, Security Council members, donors, humanitarian organizations and others – should do everything we can to stop this. Time is running out,” Mr. Lowcock emphasized.

Highlighting that famine was prevented two years ago, Mr. Lowcock said that to do so again, the world must act now on five issues: protection of civilians, humanitarian access, funding for the aid operation, the economy and progress towards peace.

The UN humanitarian chief also reiterated the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire specifically for Yemen.

Mr. Lowcock’s full remarks are available online.