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200 USD Millioni a sostegno dello Yemen

KSA and UAE Announce USD 200 Million in Support of Urgent Humanitarian Needs in Yemen

April 8, 2019


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will provide funding of USD 200 million for urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen. This funding, which is part of a USD 500 million donation that (Imdaad) announced in November 2018, is an organized campaign of urgent assistance to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people by meeting basic needs in the sectors of food, nutrition, health and livelihoods in Yemen during the upcoming weeks.

This joint humanitarian initiative comes in cooperation with United Nations agencies, reaffirming the significant humanitarian role being played in Yemen by the coalition states, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The funding is allocated to UN partners: USD 140 million to the World Food Programme to bridge the funding gap for food needs; USD 40 million to UNICEF to address sanitation issues and malnutrition among children and mothers; and USD 20 million to the World Health Organization to help control cholera and to provide intravenous feeding fluids.

Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court, Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) stated that the coalition, in particular the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are striving to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people due to the Houthi militias' violations of the Stockholm Agreement and its recommendations, and the militias’ exploitation of the humanitarian crisis for their own military and political gains. Dr. Al Rabeeah stated that this joint program is designed to ensure rapid implementation and delivery to areas most in need, with special focus on the most vulnerable groups, including women and children. He further stated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are keen to implement an urgent program with strategic partners – particularly WFP, UNICEF and WHO – to mitigate the situation of malnutrition, health and WASH in Yemen and help to avert famine and the epidemic diseases associated with famine.

This program is one of many extensive initiatives implemented by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates through the UN and other international and Yemeni civil society organizations. KSrelief and the Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates have also implemented qualitative projects that meet Yemen’s high-priority humanitarian needs.

This initiative is in addition to the two countries' previous pledges of USD 1 billion, and the USD 250 million provided by Kuwait; these pledges were announced at the UN’s recent High- level Pledging Event for Yemen on 26 February 2019; this was the largest grant in the history of the United Nations. It is noteworthy that the financial contribution of the Coalition countries, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in support of Yemen over the past four years totals more than USD 18 billion.

source: https://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1909321#1909321


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