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The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen


On 23 September at 15:00 CET, Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič will co-host the Virtual High-Level Side Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, organised in the margins of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and the situation risks deteriorating even further. The conflict continues to take a heavy toll on the population.

The combined effects of ongoing fighting, access restrictions and insufficient imports of vital goods, a serious economic crisis, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, are pushing the country into famine.

The humanitarian response in Yemen is severely underfunded, forcing the UN and other humanitarian actors to scale back or shut down live-saving activities.

Concerted efforts to address the different overlaying crises in Yemen, ensure adequate levels of funding and respect for International Humanitarian Law are urgently required.

This meeting will highlight the growing humanitarian needs in Yemen and the drivers of the crisis, and offer a venue to discuss the response of the international community.

Co-hosted by:

  • H.E. Mr. Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management, and
  • H.E. Mr. Peter Eriksson, Swedish Minister for Crisis Management for International Development Cooperation

Including briefings by:

  • Mr. Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator
  • Ms. Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen 
  • Mr. David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme
  • Ms. Wafa’a Alsaidy, Head of Mission of Médecins du Monde in Yemen 
  • Mr. Jan Egeland, Secretary-General, Norwegian Refugee Council

The event will be moderated by Nima Elbagir, Senior International Correspondent, CNN.

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Last updated 15/10/2020