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Al Jahmalia neighborhood, Tiaz, Yemen. Two boys look out the top floor of their house that was destroyed during fighting between Houthi fighters and Resistance groups during 2016. Photo by GILES CLARKE for UNOCHA.

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High-Level Pledging Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

“Yemen is in a severe humanitarian crisis. I urge donors and all other stakeholders to enable humanitarian relief efforts with adequate funding, access and other support.”

–  António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

“As the conflict enters its seventh year, millions of people continue to suffer in Yemen. We need urgent support to continue our work to save lives. But we also need to address the underlying drivers of the crisis – this will help to make people less vulnerable, build their ability to withstand shocks and give them hope for the future.”

–  Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Background

Seven years of conflict and economic collapse have devastated the country and exhausted people’s coping capacities. Meanwhile, unprecedented funding shortages have forced humanitarian organisations to cut lifesaving aid over recent weeks, including food, clean water, healthcare, and protection. In short, this means fewer people are receiving the help they need at a time when they need it most.

The high-level pledging event for Yemen represented a critical opportunity for the international community to demonstrate its continued commitment to the people of Yemen. This event took place on Wednesday, 16 March 2022, co-hosted by the United Nations and the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland.

Financial Announcements 2022

Agenda and format

14:30 - 14:50 CET - Segment One: Opening Session

  • Ms. Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications welcomes the audience and introduces the co-hosts
  • Opening Remarks by
    • H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
    • Statement by H.E. Mr. Ignazio Cassis, 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. Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

14:50 - 17:20 CET - Segment Two: Statements and Pledge Announcements by Participating Delegates

  • The Secretary-General called on H.E. Dr. Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, Prime Minister of Yemen.
  • The Secretary-General called on Ms. Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy.
  • Moderators called on speakers from the floor. 

17:20 - 17:30 CET - Segment Three: Closing Session

  • Mr. Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
  • Mr. Manuel Bessler, Deputy Director-General, Head of Humanitarian Aid Department, Switzerland.
  • Mr. Carl Skau, Deputy Director-General, Head of Department for UN Policy, conflict and humanitarian affairs, Sweden.

Side Event

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs organized a high-level virtual side event on “Yemeni Women in The Humanitarian Response: Challenges, Needs and Opportunities”. Click here to watch the event on YouTube.

Documents

Financial Announcements 2022
High Level Pledging Event Concept Note
Event Programme
Pledging Form
Side Event Concept Note
Side Event Flyer

Statements

Disclaimer: Statements and videos by partners are not a reflection of endorsement by OCHA.

OCHA thanks all partners who provided interventions from the floor, including the additional video and written statements.

Video Statements

Member States
Canada The Hon Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development
Denmark H.E. Mr. Flemming Moeller Mortensen, Minister for Development Cooperation
France H.E. Mr. François Delattre, Secretary General of Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Germany H.E. Dr. Tobias Lindner, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office
Iceland H.E. Mr. Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ireland H.E. Mr. Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Italy H.E. Ms. Marina Sereni, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Japan H.E. Mr. HONDA Taro, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
Korea, Republic of H.E. Mr. Ham Sang wook, Deputy Foreign Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs
Lithuania H.E. Mr. Darius Staniulis, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN in Geneva
Mauritius H.E. Mr. Jagdish Dharamchand Koonjul, Permanent Representative of Mauritius to the UN in New York
Poland H.E. Mr. Paweł Jabłoński, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Qatar H.E. Ms. Lolwah Rashid Al Khater, Assistant Foreign Minister
Slovania H.E. Dr. Stanislav Raščan, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs

 

UN Agencies
IOM Ms. Ugochi Daniels, IOM Deputy Director General for Operations
UNFPA Mr. Ib Petersen, Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director of UNFPA
UNHCR Ms. Gillian Triggs, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection
UNICEF Ms. Catherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF
WFP Mr. David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme

 

Non-Governmental Organizations
ICRC Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC
Al Tadamun Foundation for Development Ms. Ahlam Abdullah, Programme Manager
Life Makers Meeting Place Organization Ms. Marwa Marwan Saleh Al -Juaidi, Fundraising Officer

Written Statements

United Nations Secretary-General's remarks
UNOCHA Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths
Andorra H.E. Ms. Cristina Pérez Vázquez, Chargée d'Affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission in Geneva
Belgium H.E. Ms. Meryame Kitir, Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Policy
Brazil H.E.  Mr. Tovar da Silva Nunes, Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva
Canada The Hon Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development
Egypt H.E. Mr. Hamdy Sanad Loza, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Greece H.E. Panayotis Stournaras, Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva
Guyana H.E. Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations
Iran H. E. Mr. Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh, Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva
Ireland H.E. Mr. Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Japan H.E. Mr. HONDA Taro, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
Jordan H.E. Mr. Walid Obeidat, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN in Geneva
Korea, Republic of H.E. Mr. Ham Sang wook, Deputy Foreign Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs
Kuwait H.E. Mr. Abdulaziz Saud Aljarallah, Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organizations
Lithuania H.E. Mr. Darius Staniulis, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN in Geneva
Luxembourg H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
Malaysia H.E. Mr. Ahmad Faisal Muhamad, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the UN in Geneva
Malta H.E. Ms. Vanessa Frazier, Permanent Representative of Malta to the UN in New York
New Zealand H.E. Ms. Lucy Duncan, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the UN in New York
Norway H.E. Mr. Henrik Thune, State Secretary
Qatar H.E. Ms. Lolwah Rashid Al Khater, Assistant Foreign Minister
Slovenia H.E. Dr. Stanislav Raščan, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Turkey Ambassador Mustafa Pulat
Yemen H.E. Dr. Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, Prime Minister of Yemen
UN Habitat Mr. Wael Al-Ashhab, Head of UN Habitat Yemen
UNICEF Ms. Catherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF
ICRC Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC