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Virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Situation in Yemen

 

“Yemen is now in imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades. In the absence of immediate action, millions of lives may be lost. … [We] risk a tragedy not just in the immediate loss of life but with consequences that will reverberate indefinitely into the future.”

– António Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General

 

“Right now, millions of Yemenis are looking to the world for help. The good news is the world knows exactly what is needed to prevent catastrophe: pay for the aid operation, ensure access for aid workers, support the economy and – most of all – end the war. The only question is: what will the world choose to do?”

– Mark Lowcock
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world. Years of conflict, economic decline and institutional collapse have created enormous humanitarian needs in all sectors. The risk of large-scale famine has never been more acute. Assessments confirm that more than 16 million people will go hungry this year, and nearly 50,000 are already living in famine-like conditions. At the same time, Yemen continues to grapple with the effects of cholera, COVID-19, forced displacement, protection risks and other serious challenges.

The Governments of Sweden and Switzerland and the United Nations invited Member States to participate in the pledging event at the Ministerial level and to contribute generously to the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, Country-Based Pooled Fund and the Central Emergency Response Fund for 2021 and beyond. Other partners participated at the Principal level.

The event took place on Monday, 1 March 2021, and was streamed on http://webtv.un.org/. 

 

Announcement Results

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 Financial announcements (US$)    
 Total amount  Number of announcements  Announcements for the Yemen Humanitarian Fund
 1.67 B  37  17

 

 Country  Announcements (US$)  Country  Announcements (US$)
 Saudi Arabia  430.00 M  Ireland2  6.12 M
 Germany2  244.80 M  Italy  6.12 M
 United Arab Emirates  230.00 M  Luxembourg2  2.26 M
 United States  191.00 M  Morocco  1.00 M
 United Kingdom  123.23 M  Iceland1,2  759 K
 European Commission  116.28 M  Slovenia2  147 K
 Canada2  56.01 M  Lithuania  124 K
 Japan  49.00 M  Croatia  100 K
 CERF  40.00 M  Malaysia2  100 K
 Sweden2  31.55 M  Philippines2  100 K
 Norway2  23.93 M  Bulgaria  61 K
 Netherlands2  22.03 M  Estonia  61 K
 Denmark2  20.72 M  Monaco  61 K
 Korea, Rep. of2  19.22 M  Brazil  50 K
 Switzerland2  15.49 M  Brunei Darussalem  50 K
 France  13.46 M  Greece  37 K
 Kuwait1  10.00 M  Malta2  37 K
 Austria  7.34 M  Cyprus2  25 K
 Belgium1,2  6.12 M    

 

1 In addition to the pledge for 2021, these donors announced pledges for 2022 and beyond: Belgium (6.12 M), Iceland (1.5 M) and Kuwait (10.0 M).
2 Made announcement of support to the Yemen Humanitarian Fund.

internally displaced children in an IDP site in Al-Dhale’e Governorate Internally displaced children in an IDP site in Al-Dhale’e Governorate. Photo by Mahmoud Fadel-YPN for UN/OCHA.

Programme

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1 March 2020
New York Time

7.15 a.m. - 8.30 a.m.

High-level Side Event: “The Silent Emergency: What Can We Do to Improve Maternal and Child Nutrition in Yemen?” [Web StreamConcept NoteProgramme]

8.00 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.

Focal Points to connect online platform to ensure connectivity

9.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.

Segment One: Opening Session

  • Moderated by Mr. Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
  • Opening Remarks by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Statement by H.E. Mr. Ignazio Cassis, Vice President of Switzerland and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Statement by H.E. Ms. Ann Linde, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Statement by Mr. David Gressly, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen
9.30 a.m. - 12.50 p.m.

Segment Two: Statements and Pledge Announcements by Participating Delegates

  • Moderated by Mr. Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, H.E. Mr. Ignazio Cassis, Vice President of Switzerland and head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and H.E. Mr. Per Olsson Fridh, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs [10 speakers each]
  • Speakers’ List to be determined (3-minute speaking time)
12.50 p.m. - 1.00 p.m.

Segment Three: Closing Session

  • Closing Remarks of behalf of the cohosts by Mr. Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
1.40 p.m. - 2.10 p.m.

Press Conference

  • Moderated by Ms. Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications
  • Moderated by Mr. Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
  • H.E. Mr. Per Olsson Fridh, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs
  • Mr. Manuel Bessler, Delegate of the Federal Council and Head of Swiss Humanitarian Aid

Conference documents

 

 

 

 

Written Statements

UN Secretary-General’s opening remarks to High-Level Pledging Event for Yemen [as delivered]

 

UN Entities and Partners
ICVA  Mr. Ignacio Packer, Executive Director
INTERSOS  Ms. Evelyn Lernout, Head of Mission Yemen
IOM  Antonio Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration
Nahda Makers Organization  Mr. Mohammed Alsayed, Executive director, Nahda Makers Organization
OHCHR  Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Social Development Hodeidah Girls Foundation  Ms. Dalia Qasem, Director for Social Development Hodeidah Girls Foundation
UNICEF  Ms. Henrietta H. Fore Executive Director of UNICEF

 

Member States
Austria H.E. Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Secretary-General, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
Brazil H.E. Mr. Ronaldo Costa Filho, Permanent Representative to the UN
Bulgaria H.E. Ms. Lachezara Stoeva, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York
Croatia H.E. Mr. Gordan Grlić Radman Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
Estonia H.E. Mr. Andres Rundu, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
France H.E. Mr. Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative to the UN
Germany H.E. Mr. Heiko Maas, Federal Foreign Minister
Ireland H.E. Mr.  Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Japan H.E. Mr. WASHIO Eiichiro, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Jordan H.E. Mr. Walid Obeidat Permanent Representative to the UN office in Geneva
Kuwait H.E. Sheikh Dr.Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Lithuania Mr. Mantas Adomenas, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs
Luxemberg H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
Malaysia H.E. Mr. Ahmad Faisal bin Muhamad Permanent Representative to the UN office in Geneva
Malta H.E Mr. Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs
New Zealand H.E. Craig J. Hawke, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations
Saudi Arabia H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre
Slovenia H.E. Dr Stanislav Raščan, Minister for Development Assistance
Sweden H.E. Ms Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Turkey H.E. Mr. Sadık Arslan Permanent Representative to the UN office in Geneva
Yemen H.E. Dr. Maeen Saeed Abdulmalek Prime Minister

 

Videos

Organization Speaker Link
FAO Mr. Qu Dongyu
Director-General of FAO
https://youtu.be/LHuWjAr5UQ0
Geneva Call Mr. Hichem Khadhraoui
Director of Operations at Geneva Call
https://youtu.be/U_sV92kY0N8
INTERSOS Ms. Evelyn Lernout
Head of Mission Yemen
https://youtu.be/FxVL6Y4k87o
ICVA

Mr. Ignacio Packer
Executive Director of ICVA

Mr. Abdu Ahmed Al-Qubati
CSOs Union and ICVA Member Representative

https://youtu.be/hvEn07PP-nw
IOM Mr. António Vitorino
Director General of IOM
https://youtu.be/Iijhqz4a1HE
IRC Mr. David Miliband
President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee
https://youtu.be/iEwJt5d_FCs
Islamic Relief Ms. Najat Elhamri
Head of Region for the Middle East and North Africa, for Islamic Relief Worldwide
https://youtu.be/p9_daHhm6Cc
Nahda Makers
Organization
Mr. Mohammed Hussien Al-Sayed
Executive director of Nahda Makers Organization
https://youtu.be/vGUxaHuTy_8
OHCHR Ms Michelle Bachelet
High Commissioner for Human Rights
https://youtu.be/UV714iuzFlY
Oxfam Ms. Abby Maxman
President and CEO of OXFAM America
https://youtu.be/JKDoqHyg9fs
Social Development Hodeidah Girls
Foundation
Ms. Dalia Qasem
Director for Social Development Hodeidah Girls Foundation
https://youtu.be/pWqmf3AdpFQ
UN-Habitat Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif
Executive Director, UN-Habitat
https://youtu.be/l5xqM2KCKM4
UNDP Mr. Achim Steiner
Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
https://youtu.be/3ozfGZmdbHE
UNFPA Dr. Natalia Kanem
UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund
https://youtu.be/24_bzvMYVBQ
UNHCR Mr. Filippo Grandi
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
https://youtu.be/braqKjMgoFE
UNICEF Ms. Henrietta H. Fore
Executive Director of UNICEF
https://youtu.be/6mQ6xpHikzM
WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom
Director-General of WHO
https://youtu.be/4T646IRIjuE

 
 

Member States Speaker Link
Kingdom of Denmark H.E. Mr. Flemming Moeller Mortensen
Minister for Development Cooperation
https://youtu.be/LKLqWEJZe60
Republic of Finland H.E. Mr. Ville Skinnari
Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade
https://youtu.be/43p_SRFkGls
Republic of Iceland H.E. Mr. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation
https://youtu.be/H6Q9tOZ8z_U
Ireland H.E. Mr.  Simon Coveney
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence
https://youtu.be/dGdvUwP7I70
Republic of Italy H.E. Mr. Luigi Di Maio
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
https://youtu.be/obg0dCrcUjQ
Japan H.E. Mr. WASHIO Eiichiro
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
https://youtu.be/xjXPpXzuo7U
Republic of Korea H.E. Mr. Sang-wook Ham
Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs
https://youtu.be/NjjWMxLOUm0
State of Kuwait H.E. Sheikh Dr.Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed
Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Minister of Foreign Affairs
https://youtu.be/pYNN39mQ9Gs
Grand Duchy of Luxemburg H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
https://youtu.be/9b5S2iCi5Ik
Malaysia H.E. Mr. Ahmad Faisal bin Muhamad
Permanent Representative to the UN office in Geneva
https://youtu.be/VSzvaOnWJiw
Republic of Malta H.E Mr. Evarist Bartolo
Minister for Foreign and European Affairs
https://youtu.be/nI-BrCaCVpM
Republic of the Philippines H.E. Mr. Teodoro Locsin Jr.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
https://youtu.be/DhIaWi8PAOY
Portugal H.E. Mr. Rui Macieira
Permanent Representative to the UN office in Geneva
https://youtu.be/DOJ5WKDNKJc

Contacts

Mr. Karim Saba
saba@un.org
+1 917 913 6078

Ms. Lana Hamdeh
lana.hamdeh@un.org
+1 703 501 0437