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UN humanitarian chief briefs Security Council on Yemen

18 Feb 2021

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A woman pictured at a settlement for internally displaced people in Dar Saad, Aden, Yemen, March 2019. © Giles Clarke for OCHA

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock briefed the Security Council today on Yemen, warning that the country is speeding towards the worst famine the world has seen in decades.

“New data released last week confirm, yet again, that we are running out of time,” Mr. Lowcock said.

The UN humanitarian chief said that malnutrition rates are at record highs. Across Yemen, more than 16 million people are going hungry – including 5 million who are just one step away from famine.

Noting that there is an important opportunity right now to help Yemen move towards lasting peace, Mr. Lowcock called for urgent action on five points: protection of civilians; humanitarian access; funding for the aid operation; support for the economy; and progress towards peace.