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UN Calls On Donors to Honor Pledges to Yemen

UN Calls On Donors to Honor Pledges to Yemen

Monday, 1 June, 2020 - 06:45
Security men wearing protective masks stand on a street during a 24-hour curfew amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sanaa, Yemen May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah/File Photo
Riyadh- Asharq Al-Awsat

The United Nations called during the weekend on donors to honor their pledges to provide Yemen with financial support, as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia confirmed it would contribute $500 million to the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, including $25 million to combat the novel coronavirus.

Saudi Ambassador to Yemen and General Supervisor of the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen, Mohammad bin Saeed Al-Jaber affirmed that Saudi Arabia is the largest donor to the humanitarian response plans, either to the UN in Yemen or directly to Yemen.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency, Jaber considered the Kingdom’s Donors Conference for Yemen as a continuation of its support to the Yemeni people during the past decades.

Saudi Arabia and the UN are co-organizing the Donors Conference for Yemen 2020 next Tuesday with the aim of raising awareness on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen in order to mobilize the urgently-needed financial support to meet the basic needs in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has called on the donor countries to contribute toward making the conference successful and helpful for Yemen.

“In light of the poor humanitarian conditions as a result of the coup of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia and the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus pandemic in the world, Saudi Arabia will contribute $500 million to the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen,” Jaber said.

He stated that the Coalition to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen will work alongside the legitimate government to continue to facilitate procedures for the supply of food, medicine, and bioenergy materials through the port of Hodeidah and ensure that supplies reach their intended destinations.

Jaber said the Kingdom’s support to Yemen is not limited to providing food and humanitarian assistance to millions of beneficiaries, but rather exceeded to support the Central Bank of Yemen with $2.2 billion to improve the economic situation and stability of the exchange rate of the Yemeni riyal.

The Ambassador explained that the Saudi contribution included 18 health projects, 45 educational projects, 30 projects in the water sector, 26 projects in the government buildings sector, 23 in the transportation sector, 20 in the energy sector, and 13 in the fisheries sector.

On Saturday, the World Food Program (WFP) Senior Communications Consultant and senior spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs reaffirmed, during the conference, that the world community has provided Yemen with unprecedented levels of support, during the past five years. However, WFP needs $200 million per month to fund its programs there, and it was shouldering its responsibilities, as much as possible, in order not to let down any child or mother. She also drew attention that COVID-19 too poses a threat to Yemeni children.

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