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16 October 2018

In our world of plenty, one person in nine does not have enough to eat.

About 820 million people still suffer from hunger.

Most of them are women.

Some 155 million children are chronically malnourished and may endure the effects of stunting for their entire lives.

And hunger causes almost half of the infant deaths worldwide.

This is intolerable.

On World Food Day, let us commit to a world without hunger — a world in which every person has access to a healthy, nutritious diet.

Zero hunger is about joining forces.

Countries and companies, institutions and individuals: we must each do our part towards sustainable food systems.

Today, we renew our commitment to uphold everyone’s fundamental right to food and to leave no one behind.

Thank you.


10 October 2018

Health encompasses both physical and mental well-being.

Yet for too long, mental health has been mostly an afterthought, despite its overwhelming impacts on communities and young people, everywhere.

This year’s World Mental Health Day focuses on young people.

One in five young people will experience a mental health problem this year. Half of all mental health conditions start by the age of 14. Most cases are, however, undetected and untreated.

Poor mental health during adolescence has an impact on educational achievement and increases the risk of alcohol and substance use and violent behaviour. Suicide is a leading cause of death in young people.

Millions of people are caught up in conflict and disasters, putting them at risk of a range of long-term mental health problems.Violence against women — physical, sexual and psychological — results in lasting scars, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Yet despite these challenges, a great deal of mental health conditions are both preventable and treatable, especially if we start looking after our mental health at an early age.

The 2030 Agenda is clear: We must leave no one behind. Yet, those struggling with mental health problems are still being marginalized.

Healthy societies require greater integration of mental health into broader health and social care systems, under the umbrella of universal health coverage.

The United Nations is committed to creating a world where by 2030 everyone, everywhere has someone to turn to in support of their mental health, in a world free of stigma and discrimination.

If we change our attitude to mental health – we change the world.  It is time to act on mental health.

IOM Donates 22 Ambulances for Humanitarian Assistance in Yemen

Sana’a – 10/09/18
Themes: Humanitarian Emergencies, Migration Health

 Over the past three months IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has donated 22 ambulances to the Ministry of Health in Yemen to strengthen health services and enhance disease surveillance across the country.

This donation is in line with IOM’s commitment to respond to what has recently been called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world by strengthening healthcare systems and preventing disease outbreak through technical and material support in Yemen.

Following the escalation of violence in Al-Hudaydah this June, IOM donated the first five ambulances to the Ministry of Health in Sana’a in July. Last week, another seven ambulances were provided to the Ministry in Sana’a, while seven ambulances are being handed over in Aden today (09/10).

Additionally, IOM is providing three fully-equipped mobile Intensive Care Units, reaching approximately 100 people monthly.

“We hope these specialized ambulances will help reduce delays in emergency response and ensure more people in Yemen receive immediate care, particularly populations in hard-to-reach areas and difficult terrains,” said Aseel Khan, IOM Yemen Health Programme Coordinator.

As the humanitarian situation deteriorates, communities in Yemen are at increasing risk of cholera and other infectious diseases. Ongoing conflict in Yemen has also led to the frequent destruction and blocking of roads, inhibiting the ability for people to access health care facilities.

A lack of ambulances and other emergency services in the country has meant populations often experience life-threatening delays in receiving appropriate urgent care. By significantly reducing such delays, IOM and the Ministry of Health are committed to bringing quality healthcare services to the people of Yemen.

“This donation will contribute to improving the lives of people in Yemen, especially the vulnerable in remote areas. We will see the results of the impact of this donation before long,” said Rabih Sarieddine, IOM’s Head of Sub Office in Aden.

This donation was made possible with financial support from the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

For more information, please contact Saba Malme at IOM Yemen, Tel: + 967 736 800 329; Email:

In Yemen, UNICEF’s Emergency Cash Transfers for 9 million people resume

UNICEF resumed the third cycle of cash assistance today.

AMMAN/SANA’A, 7 October 2018 – UNICEF resumed the third cycle of cash assistance today, across Yemen. Nearly 1.5 million of the poorest families in Yemen – an estimated 9 million people – will benefit from emergency cash transfers with generous funding from the World Bank.

“A lifeline for nearly one third of the people in Yemen, this cash assistance is so vital to help families in Yemen make ends meet” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Nearly every child in the country requires assistance amid a serious threat of famine and reoccurring outbreaks of diseases including diphtheria, cholera and acute watery diarrhea. Intense conflict that killed and injured more than 6,000 children in the past 3.5 years has almost entirely paralyzed vital infrastructure like water, sanitation and health.

“I used to sell vegetables for a living but now all prices have sky-rocketed so I am not working anymore. Thanks to the cash assistance I just received, I will be able to send my daughters back to school” said Ahmed, a father of six children.

Most families in Yemen have depleted their financial resources. Many were forced to resort to negative means just to bring food to the table. Child marriage and child labour are increasing and many children are fighting a conflict not of their making. More than 2 million children are out of school; their future and the future of their country are at a grave risk of loss.

“Due to this little cash families are getting from the programme, families are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. Some are able to send their children back to school and buy some of their basic daily commodities. This is the very minimum for human dignity in the 21st century” added Cappelaere


Notes to Editors

  • The third payment of the Yemen Emergency Cash Transfer Project aims to benefit 1.5 million vulnerable families or over 9 million people – in all 333 districts within Yemen’s 22 governorates
  • The initiative was launched in August 2017.
  • Across Yemen, 10 million children are in need of assistance.
  • Malnutrition threatens the lives of millions of children with 400,000 children severely malnourished as Yemen’s health system is on the verge of collapse.


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The currency crisis in Yemen is driving millions of people one step closer to famine

Sana’a, 5 October 2018

Millions of hungry and destitute Yemenis are being impacted by the rapid and uncontrolled devaluation of the Yemeni Rial.

“Yemen is already the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “For years, countless people across the country have been surviving on the thinnest of margins.”

“When the price of wheat or cooking oil or milk in local markets increases, even by the smallest amount, the impact is catastrophic and immediate. Families who have been able to barely buy what they need are suddenly no longer able to,” said Ms. Grande.

Prices for basic commodities have risen sharply in the past four weeks, driven by the rapid devaluation of the Rial. In the past month, the cost of a minimum family food basket has increased 11 per cent; diesel has risen 45 per cent and cooking oil has skyrocketed by as much as 200 per cent in hard-hit areas.

“The UN’s World Food Programme and partners are providing food assistance to nearly 8 million desperately hungry people each month. If the Rial continues its downward spiral, 3.5 to 4 million more Yemenis will fall into pre-famine conditions,” said Ms. Grande.

“The situation is already unbearable,” said Ms. Grande. “It will become irreversible unless something is done to save the Rial.”

Twenty-two million people, 75 per cent of the population in Yemen, require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. The UN and partners are requesting USD 3 billion through the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan to support millions of people in need across the country. To date, USD 1.92 billion, 65 per cent of the resources required, has been received.

Joint declaration by ECW, GPE, UNESCO, UNICEF on the dire situation of teachers in Yemen

October 5, 2018

The violent conflict in Yemen is severely affecting the education of millions of children throughout the country and takes a heavy toll on teachers.

The war has pushed at least half a million children out of school since 2015, and another 3.7 million are at risk of missing this school year if teachers are not paid.

On World Teachers’ Day with the theme, “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”, Education Cannot Wait, the Global Partnership for Education, UNESCO and UNICEF are calling for the resumption of salary payments for the 145,000 Yemeni teachers, who teach children under dire and life-threatening circumstances.

Further delay in paying teachers will likely lead to the collapse of the education sector and impact millions of children in Yemen making them vulnerable to child labor, recruitment into the fighting, trafficking, abuse and early marriage.

Teachers who have not received regular salaries for two years, can no longer meet their most basic needs and have been forced to seek other ways of income to provide for their families.

The global community must unite to end violence against children in Yemen and protect their right to education.

There is no time to waste. An entire generation of children is facing the loss of their education – and their future.

Without our collective commitment and action, we will fail to meet the 2030 Agenda – Leaving no child and no teacher behind.

Education Cannot Wait, the Global Partnership for Education, UNESCO and UNICEF are committed to continuing our support for equitable, inclusive quality education for all Yemeni children.


New York, 5 October 2018

I congratulate Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege on being awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. In defending the victims of sexual violence in conflict, they have defended our shared values.

Nadia Murad gave voice to unspeakable abuse in Iraq when the violent extremists of Daesh brutally targeted the Yazidi people, especially women and girls. As a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime since 2016, she has pursued support for victims of human trafficking and sexual slavery and justice for perpetrators. Her powerful advocacy has touched people across the world and helped to establish a vitally important United Nations investigation of the harrowing crimes that she and so many others endured.

Dr. Denis Mukwege has been a fearless champion for the rights of women caught up in armed conflict who have suffered rape, exploitation and other horrific abuses. Despite regular threats to his life, he made the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a haven from mistreatment. The United Nations has supported his efforts. He has been a strong voice calling the world’s attention to the shocking crimes committed against women in wartime. As a skilled and sensitive surgeon he not only repaired shattered bodies but restored dignity and hope.

Ten years ago, the Security Council unanimously condemned sexual violence as a weapon of war. Today the Nobel Committee recognized the efforts of Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege as vital tools for peace.

By honouring these defenders of human dignity, this prize also recognizes countless victims around the world who have too often been stigmatized, hidden and forgotten. This is their award, too.

Indeed, the award is part of a growingmovement to recognize the violence and injustice disproportionately faced by half of our population. Let us honour these new Nobel laureates by standing up for victims of sexual violence everywhere.

70 years of the Genocide Convention – demonstrating our commitment to the promise of “never again”

By Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

This year we will commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the Genocide Convention). The Genocide Convention was the first human rights treaty to be adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, on 9 December 1948, just three years after the birth of the United Nations. Its adoption was largely the result of the tireless efforts of one man, Raphael Lemkin who, after losing most of his family in the Holocaust, was determined to do what he could to make sure that this crime could never happen again. Some six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, one of the most devastating human tragedies of the twentieth century, as well as many others whom the Nazis considered “undesirable”. The Genocide Convention represents the United Nations commitment to the often quoted “never again”; a commitment to learn from and not repeat history.

Regrettably, this commitment has often failed to translate into action, even when it has been most needed. We saw this in 1994 in the abject failure of the international community to prevent the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda, which cost the lives of almost a million people in the space of 100 days. No more than a year later, we witnessed it again as the international community, including United Nations peacekeepers, looked away during the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Important progress has been made since – and because of – these failures. In 1998, the International Criminal Court was established, a permanent court already foreseen by the Genocide Convention in 1948. In 2005, the Secretary-General established the post of Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, a position I currently hold, to ensure that there is a voice within the United Nations system that can alert the Secretary-General and, through him, the Security Council, to early warning signs of genocide and advocate for preventative action before genocide becomes a reality.

In addition, at the 2005 World Summit all United Nations Member States made a ground-breaking commitment to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity (atrocity crimes) and to take collective action when States manifestly fail to do so, in accordance with and using the tools provided by the United Nations Charter. This has become known as the principle of “the responsibility to protect”

Despite these achievements and the continued commitment to “never again”, we have not managed to eradicate genocide. International crimes, including genocide, are a terrible reality faced by populations across the globe. We know the warning signs and we know how to prevent these crimes, but we often fail to act in time, or to act at all. In the Central African Republic, Iraq, Myanmar, South Sudan, Syria and in so many other places, people are being targeted because of their identity – because of the religion they practice, the culture in which they were raised or simply because of their distinctive physical characteristics. This is unacceptable.

We also fail to invest sufficiently in prevention, to build the resilience needed to address the risk factors for genocide, or to take timely and decisive action when we see the warning signs.

Our commitment to the Genocide Convention must be reinvigorated. The fact that we have not eradicated genocide is not because the Convention is flawed, but rather because its potential has not been fully realised. And despite universal rejection of genocide, some Member States have still not taken the fundamental step of ratifying the Convention.

At the time of writing, 145 States have ratified the Genocide Convention. Surprisingly, 45 United Nations Member States have not yet done so. Of these 20 are in Africa, 18 in Asia and seven in Latin America.

Universal ratification of the Convention is fundamental to demonstrate that genocide has no place in our world. That no one should fear discrimination, persecution or violence simply because of who they are.

What message are the States who have not ratified the Convention sending, 70 years after its adoption? That genocide could never happen within their borders? Genocide can happen anywhere. History has shown us time and again that no region or country is immune. Yet many States seem reluctant to even consider this a possibility or to undertake a critical evaluation of their risks and vulnerabilities.

In December last year, I launched an appeal for universal ratification of the Genocide Convention, urging the 45 United Nations Member States that have not done so to take steps to ratify or accede to the Convention before its 70th anniversary on 9 December 2018. The aim of this appeal is to refocus our attention on the Convention, underline its continued importance as the legal standard for ensuring the punishment of this crime, as well as its often-untapped potential as a tool for prevention.

The Genocide Convention, together with its sister treaties on human rights and the Rome statute for the International Criminal Court, remains the most important legal standard we have to fulfil the commitment to “never again” that the world made 70 years ago. For our own sakes, and for the sake of future generations: #PreventGenocide.


To learn more about the Convention and how you can support the appeal click here

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مسابقة الأمم المتحدة للتصوير الفوتوغرافي: “اهداف التنمية المستدامة: 17 طريقة لـ يمن أفضل”

1. الخلفية:

تم تصميم اهداف التنمية المستدامة لتقليل المخاطر وحالات الضعف ونسب الاحتياجات العامة في اليمن وأيضاً لكي تكون مرجع إطاري للعاملين في مجال التنمية الإنسانية لتساهم في الرؤية المستقبلية المشتركة حيث لا يتم التخلي عن أحد. وكما قال الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة:

“ان خطة التنمية المستدامة 2030 توفر أكثر الطرق فعالية وعملية للتعامل مع أسباب الصراع العنيف وانتهاكات حقوق الانسان والتدهور البيئي”.

 أن الأمم المتحدة، منظمة رائدة تعمل لنشر اهداف التنمية المستدامة ولهذا تهدف هذه المسابقة لتشجيع المصورين لـ “يظهروا التنمية المستدامة من وجهة نظرهم والتعبير عنها من خلال الصور ومشاركتها مع الاخرين” وستقوم هذه المسابقة بـ:

  • زيادة المعرفة حول اهداف التنمية المستدامة وتأثيرها المحتمل على الناس في اليمن.
  • الحصول على منظور الشخص الأول عن اهداف التنمية المستدامة وكيف يرى الناس في اليمن هذه الأهداف وتأثيرها.
  • المساهمة في الترويج لمجموعه من المصورين والمصورات الشباب.

2. كيفية المشاركة:

يجب على المصورين ان يختاروا واحدا أو أكثر من اهداف التنمية المستدامة الـ17 والذي تثير اهتمامهم بشكل كبير ويقوموا، من خلال صورهم، بالإجابة على السؤال التالي: “ماذا تعني اهداف التنمية المستدامة بالنسبة لي؟”. يستحسن ان تعكس الصور المشاركة عناصر من مجتمع المصور نفسه ويستطيع كل مشارك ان يقدم 3 صور للمسابقة.

يجب على المشاركين قراءة القواعد الإرشادية والشروط والاحكام الخاصة بالمسابقة وكذلك الأسئلة المتكررة. ويجب أيضا على المشاركين ان يقوموا بتسليم صورهم من خلال تعبئة استمارة التسليم الخاصة بالمسابقة لكل صورة واسالها عبر البريد الالكتروني إلى العنوان التالي:

3. فئات المشاركين:

المسابقة مفتوحة لجميع الافراد في اليمن، وهناك فئات مختلفة للأطفال والبالغين وهي كالتالي:

  • الفائز بالمركز الأول، الفائز بالمركز الثاني، الفائز بالمركز الثالث – فئة: الفتيات (تحت سن 16 سنة)
  • الفائز بالمركز الأول، الفائز بالمركز الثاني، الفائز بالمركز الثالث – فئة: الفتيان (تحت سن 16 سنة)
  • الفائز بالمركز الأول، الفائز بالمركز الثاني، الفائز بالمركز الثالث – فئة: النساء (فوق سن 16 سنة)
  • الفائز بالمركز الأول، الفائز بالمركز الثاني، الفائز بالمركز الثالث – فئة: الرجال (فوق سن 16 سنة)

4. الجوائز:

في كل فئة، سيربح الفائز بالمركز الأول 1000 دولار، وسيربح الفائز بالمركز الثاني 500دولار، وسيربح الفائز بالمركز الثالث 250 دولار ومبلغ الجوائز كاملة 7000 دولار.

ستقدم الشهادات بواسطة المنسق المقيم للأمم المتحدة ومنسقة الشؤون الإنسانية لليمن خلال حفل يتبعه بلاغ صحفي تعلن فيه النتائج.

ستتم طباعة وعرض الصور الفائزة.

5. التحكيم:

سيتم تقييم الصور من قبل هيئة تضم عدة أجهزة بالإضافة إلى خبير فني وهذا لضمان ان المحتوى يتبع الارشادات المعلنة. وسيتم تقييم الصور بناء على التالي:

  • مدى التقاط الصورة لجوهر الموضوع ؛
  • الأصالة والأسلوب؛
  • الإبداع والابتكار؛
  • يجب أن تلتزم الصورة بالقواعد الإرشادية والشروط والأحكام الخاصة بالمسابقة.

6. الاطار الزمني وفترة المسابقة:

ستكون المسابقة مفتوحة ما بين 24 سبتمبر و15 أكتوبر من عام 2018، وسيتم الإعلان عن النتائج في شهر نوفمبر خلال حفل في المكتب القطري لبرنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي.

UN Photography Contest: “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 17 Ways for a better Yemen”

1.      Background

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are designed to reduce risk, vulnerability, and overall levels of need, providing a reference frame for humanitarian and development actors to contribute to the common vision of a future where no one is left behind. As the Secretary-General noted:

:the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offers the most practical and effective pathway to address the causes of violent conflict, human rights abuses and environmental degradation”.

The UN is the leading organization working to promote the SDGs. This contest therefore, aims to encourage photographers to “reflect on sustainable development from their perspective, express it through a photo, and share it with others.” This contest will serve to:

  • Increase knowledge about the SDGs and their potential impacts on people in Yemen;
  • Obtain first-hand perspective of SDGs on how people in Yemen see the SDGs and its impact;
  • Contribute to promoting a group of young and female photographers.

2.      How to Participate

Photographers are requested to choose one or more of the 17 SDGs that interest them most, and through their photograph answer the question “what do the SDGs mean to me?”. Entries that depict elements of SDGs in their community are encouraged. Each participant can submit up to three (3) photos.

Participants should read the the guidelines, terms and conditions of the contest; FAQ. Participants should submit their photographs by filling the Submission Form of the contest for each photograph and send by email to .

3.      Participants and Categories

The contest will be an open to everyone in Yemen with separate categories for children and adults as follows:

  • Winner Best Photo, First Runner up, Second Runner Up – Girl (under 16 years)
  • Winner Best Photo, First Runner up, Second Runner Up – Boy (under 16 years)
  • Winner Best Photo, First Runner up, Second Runner Up – Woman (over 16 years)
  • Winner Best Photo, First Runner up, Second Runner Up – Man (over 16 years)

4.      Prizes

In each category the Winner will receive $1,000. The First Runner Up will receive $500, and the Second Runner Up will receive $250. The total prize pool is $7,000.

Certificates will be presented by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator during a ceremony followed by a press releases announcing the results.

The winning photos will be printed and exhibited.

5.      Judging

Photographs will be judged by a multi-agency along with a technical expert. This is to ensure content meets the guidelines as described. Photos will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Originality and style;
  • Creativity/visual appeal;
  • Extent to which the photograph captures the essence of the theme;
  • The photograph must meet the guidelines, terms and conditions of the contest.

6.      Timeline and Duration

The contest will be open from 24 September 2018 until 15 October 2018, with the results announced on November in a ceremony at the UNDP Country Office.