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Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, Requesting a Humanitarian Pause

Sana’a, 4 December 2017

I am extremely concerned at the continued violence in Sana’a city where armed clashes and airstrikes have continued unabated for the past days. Dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries have been reported including civilians.

The streets of Sana’a city have become battlegrounds and people are trapped in their homes, unable to move out in search of safety and medical care and to access basic supplies such as food, fuel and safe water. Ambulances and medical teams cannot reach the injured due to ongoing clashes, with reports of some coming under attack. Aid workers remain in lockdown and unable to move, impacting many life-saving activities.

Humanitarian organisations are receiving desperate calls for help by families trapped in neighborhoods engulfed by fighting. They desperately want to safely leave their homes.

Thus, I call on all parties to the conflict to urgently enable a humanitarian pause on Tuesday 5 December, between 10.00 am and 16.00 pm to allow civilians to leave their homes and seek assistance and protection and to facilitate the movement of aid workers to ensure the continuity of life-saving programmes. The wounded must be afforded safe access to medical care.

I remind all parties to the conflict that deliberate attacks against civilians, including humanitarian and health care personnel, and against civilian and medical infrastructure, are clear violations of international humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes.

I ask Member States who have leverage on the parties to the conflict in Yemen to step up their engagement for the sake of the protection of the civilian population.

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غوتيريش يحث جميع الأطراف اليمنية على المشاركة الفعالة مع الأمم المتحدة لتنشيط المفاوضات من أجل التوصل إلى تسوية سياسية

الأمين العام أنطونيو غوتيريش. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

2017/12/3

دعا الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة أنطونيو غوتيريش جميع أطراف النزاع في اليمن إلى التقيد بالتزاماتها بموجب القانون الإنساني الدولي.

جاء ذلك في بيان منسوب إلى المتحدث باسمه ستيفان دوجاريك، قال فيه إنه “من الأهمية بمكان توفير الحماية للمدنيين، وتمكين الجرحى من الحصول على الرعاية الطبية بشكل آمن، وأن تسهل جميع الأطراف وصول المساعدات الإنسانية المنقذة للحياة”. ويأتي هذا البيان على خلفية التصاعد الحاد في الاشتباكات المسلحة والغارات الجوية في صنعاء وأجزاء أخرى من اليمن خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية. مما أسفر عن سقوط عشرات القتلى ومئات الجرحى، بمن فيهم مدنيون. وذكر البيان أن القتال يقيد حركة الناس والخدمات المنقذة للحياة داخل مدينة صنعاء. إذ لا تستطيع سيارات الإسعاف والفرق الطبية الوصول إلى المصابين ولا يستطيع الناس الخروج لشراء الطعام وغيره من الضروريات. ولا يستطيع العاملون في مجال الإغاثة السفر وتنفيذ برامج حاسمة لإنقاذ الأرواح في الوقت الذي يعتمد فيه الملايين من اليمنيين على المساعدة للبقاء على قيد الحياة. وفي هذا السياق دعا الأمين العام جميع أطراف الصراع إلى وقف جميع الاعتداءات الجوية والبرية، قائلا “إن هذا التفجر الأخير للعنف يأتي في أسوأ وقت بالنسبة للشعب اليمني الذي يعاني من أكبر أزمة إنسانية في العالم”. وقد تسبب الصراع كما الحصار الذي بدأ في 6 تشرين الثاني / نوفمبر – والذي لم يتم رفعه بالكامل – بنقص كبير في الإمدادات الحرجة، ولا سيما الغذاء والوقود، وأدى إلى ارتفاع الأسعار، والحد من إمكانية الحصول على الغذاء، والمياه المأمونة، والرعاية الصحية. ودعا الأمين العام إلى الاستئناف العاجل لجميع الواردات التجارية التي بدونها يتعرض ملايين الأطفال والنساء والرجال لخطر الجوع والمرض والموت. وأكد غوتيريش مجددا أنه لا يوجد حل عسكري للصراع في اليمن. وحث “جميع أطراف النزاع على المشاركة بصورة مجدية مع الأمم المتحدة لتنشيط المفاوضات الشاملة من أجل التوصل إلى تسوية سياسية”.

UN chief calls for end to all armed clashes, airstrikes in Yemen

3 December 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the parties to the conflict in Yemen to cease all air and ground assaults, expressing deep concern about the “sharp escalation” of armed clashes and airstrikes in the capital, Sana’a, and other parts of the war-torn country over the past several days.

statement issued by Mr. Guterres’ Spokesman Sunday evening said the fighting has already resulted in dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries, including civilians, and is also restricting the movement of people and life-saving services within Sana’a city.

“Ambulances and medical teams cannot access the injured and people cannot go outside to buy food and other necessities. Aid workers are unable to travel and implement critical life-saving programmes at a time when millions of Yemenis rely on assistance to survive,” said the statement.

This latest outbreak of violence could not come at a worse time for the Yemeni people, who are already caught up in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. The conflict and blockadethat was put in place on 6 November – and is still not fully lifted – have caused significant shortages of critical supplies, especially food and fuel, and resulted in price hikes, curtailing access to food, safe water and healthcare.

“The Secretary-General calls for the urgent resumption of all commercial imports, without which millions of children, women and men risk mass hunger, disease and death,” the statement underscored.

The UN chief went on to call on all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law, with the statement emphasizing: “It is paramount that civilians are protected, that the wounded are afforded safe access to medical care, and that all sides facilitate life-saving humanitarian access.”

More than two years of relentless conflict between the Government and Houthi and allied rebels in Yemen, already the Arab world’s poorest country, has devastated the lives of millions of people. An alarming 20.7 million people in Yemen need some kind of humanitarian or protection support, with some 9.8 million in acute need of assistance. This man-made disaster has been brutal on civilians.

“The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no military solution to the Yemen conflict. He urges all parties to the conflict to engage meaningfully with the United Nations to revitalize inclusive negotiations on a political settlement,” the statement concluded.

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Yemen

 New York, 3 December 2017 

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the sharp escalation of armed clashes and airstrikes in Sana’a and other parts of Yemen over the past several days. The fighting has already resulted in dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries, including civilians.

Fighting is restricting the movement of people and life-saving services within Sana’a city. Ambulances and medical teams cannot access the injured and people cannot go outside to buy food and other necessities. Aid workers are unable to travel and implement critical life-saving programmes at a time when millions of Yemenis rely on assistance to survive. The Secretary-General calls on all parties to the conflict to cease all air and ground assaults.

This latest outbreak of violence could not come at a worse time for the Yemeni people, who are already caught up in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. The conflict and blockade that was put in place on 6 November – and is still not fully lifted – have caused significant shortages of critical supplies, especially food and fuel, and resulted in price hikes, curtailing access to food, safe water and healthcare. The Secretary-General calls for the urgent resumption of all commercial imports, without which millions of children, women and men risk mass hunger, disease and death.

The Secretary-General calls on all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law. It is paramount that civilians are protected, that the wounded are afforded safe access to medical care, and that all sides facilitate life-saving humanitarian access.

The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no military solution to the Yemen conflict. He urges all parties to the conflict to engage meaningfully with the United Nations to revitalize inclusive negotiations on a political settlement.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General 

 

Note to correspondents: Statement attributable to UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

Statement attributable to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen

Subject: Updates on Recent Events in Sanaa and Northern Yemen

2 December 2017

There has been a sharp escalation of serious events in Sanaa and other governorates over the last 24 hours. We are deeply concerned by the implications of these events on the civilian population.

We urge the parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law including their obligations to respect the principle of distinction, proportionality and precaution. All sides must exercise restraint and ensure that their attacks are never directed at civilians or civilian objects. We caution against the serious impact of armed violence against civilians.

We call on the parties to urgently come to the negotiations table and to engage in the peace process. We reiterate our position that the political solution is the only way out of a prolonged conflict in Yemen

United Nations leaders call on the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Yemeni Red Sea ports

Joint statement by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director David Beasley, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.

2 December 2017 Geneva/Rome/New York

The partial lifting of the blockade of Yemen’s Red Sea ports by the Saudi-led coalition in recent days is allowing humanitarian organizations to resume the provision of life-saving assistance to people in desperate need. Given the massive scale of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, however, all this does is slow the collapse towards a massive humanitarian tragedy costing millions of lives. It does not prevent it. Without the urgent resumption of commercial imports, especially food, fuel and medicines, millions of children, women and men risk mass hunger, disease and death.
Ongoing commercial import restrictions have led to shortages of fuel, food and other essentials, driving up prices and devastating lives and livelihoods. The price of wheat flour has risen by 30 per cent, while the price of fuel has doubled and that of trucked water has skyrocketed by 600 per cent in some locations.
Urban water networks in seven cities have run out of fuel and now depend on humanitarian organizations to fill in the gap. Other cities will shortly be in a similar situation if the blockade is not lifted, which would leave 11 million people without safe water.
In other areas, people are reducing their food consumption to dangerous levels in order to pay for the rising cost of water trucking, or are turning to contaminated water sources to meet their basic needs. This further compounds the risk of disease, especially among children.
Less than half of the health facilities are functioning, and more hospitals and health centers will close should fuel and water supplies not improve. Sewage networks in six main cities are compromised, threatening a renewed spike in the country’s cholera outbreak, which has reached almost 1 million suspected cases and killed over 2,200 people.
Yemen remains on the cusp of one of the largest famines in modern times. Nearly 400,000 children suffer from severe acute malnutrition and face an increased risk of death. More than 8 million people could starve without urgent food assistance coming into Yemen. With 90 per cent of the country’s food imported, the lack of commercial imports through Red Sea ports would alone push a further 3 million people into starvation. The threat of widespread famine in a matter of months is very real.
This imminent catastrophe is entirely avoidable, but it requires immediate action by the coalition. While three ships carrying food have been granted permission to berth at Hudaydah port in recent days, four fuel tankers and ten ships carrying food have all been waiting for permission to enter port. Together, we call on the coalition to urgently open up all Yemeni Red Sea ports fully and to facilitate the entry and free-flow of humanitarian and vital commercial goods.
The United Nations is sending a team to Riyadh to discuss any concerns the coalition and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may have in relation to these ports. But we need the coalition to urgently grant unimpeded access for imports that are a lifeline for millions of people.

For further information, please contact:

OCHA: Russell Geekie, geekie@un.org, +1 917 331 0393

WHO: Gregory Hartl, hartlg@who.int, +41 79 203 6715

UNDP: Christina LoNigro, christina.lonigro@undp.org, +1 (212) 906 5301

UNHCR Adrian Edwards, Edwards@unhcr.org, +41 79 557 9120, William Spindler, spindler@unhcr.org,+41 79 217 30 11

UNICEF: Najwa Mekki, nmekki@unicef.org, +1 212 325 7448

WFP: Steve Taravella, steve.taravella@wfp.org1-202-770-5993

IOM: Leonard Doyle, ldoyle@iom.int, +41.79.285.71.23

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World AIDS Day: UN calls for renewed commitment to make epidemic ‘a thing of the past’

HIV positive Monica and her granddaughter sit at home on a bed in their village of Makuzeze, Zimbabwe. Photo: UNICEF/G. Pirozzi

1 December 2017

The world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – which include the target of ending AIDS by 2030 – without people attaining their right to health, the United Nations said Friday, marking World AIDS Day with a strong appeal for the full realization of this fundamental right by everyone, everywhere.

“The right to health is a fundamental human right – everybody has the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, as enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,” Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said in his message on the Day.

Indeed, the right to health is linked to all the SDGs and “is interrelated with a range of other rights, including the rights to sanitation, food, decent housing, healthy working conditions and a clean environment.”

He explained that it includes: equal access to health care; adequate health-care infrastructure; respectful and non-discriminatory health-care services; and that healthcare must be medically appropriate and of good quality.

“But the right to health is more than that,” he continued, saying that with it, “people’s dreams and promises can be fulfilled.”

Mr. Sidibé pointed out the most marginalized and affected still face challenges in accessing urgently-needed health and social services, asserting “we all must continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people being left behind and demand that no one is denied their human rights.”

“For all the successes, AIDS is not yet over. But by ensuring that everyone, everywhere accesses their right to health, it can be,” he concluded.

In his message for the Day, Secretary-General António Guterres said that “the world is well on its way to meeting the target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” noting that nearly 21 million people living with HIV now have access to treatment and this number should grow to more than 30 million by 2020.

With AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections declining, there is great hope that the world can deliver on its promise, he added.

However, some parts of the response to HIV are lagging behind. “In some regions of the world, hard-won successes are being reversed, with rising numbers of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths,” Mr. Guterres warned, calling for “a renewed commitment to finish what we have started and to make the AIDS epidemic a thing of the past.”

For her part, Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), stressed the right to quality education for all, because the two goals – health and education – go hand in hand. “This linkage stands at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy, she explained.

As outlined in UNESCO’s Strategy on Education for Health and Well-Being: Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, health and education are mutually reinforcing: healthy learners learn better, and better-educated learners are healthier.

“They are also mutually dependent – without the right to education we cannot truly fulfil the right to health,” Ms. Azoulay continued, stressing that in a world where young people – especially girls and young women – bear a disproportionate burden of HIV and AIDS, “we all must recognize that comprehensive sexuality education is central to their right to health, and to the health of all societies.”

Picking up that thread in her message, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women, said that according to UNAIDS, every four minutes, three young women become infected with HIV.

“They are clearly not enjoying their right to health, nor will they, until we are able to reverse the inequalities and discrimination that fuel HIV spread. Those whose health and future are currently least prioritized must become our focus, if we are to achieve the changes we seek,” she said.

As such, leaving no woman or girl behind in the HIV response means ensuring their meaningful participation and engagement in designing that response, improving access to services and demanding their right to health.

“To do that, we foster women’s voices and leadership and support their place at decision-making tables,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka continued, adding that in 2016, UN Women supported networks of women living with HIV in 31 countries to increase their engagement in the national HIV responses. “This World AIDS Day, UN Women calls for a commitment to prioritize and reach all the women and girls being left behind in the HIV response: every last woman and girl.”

Threat of complacency

Meanwhile, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in 2016, 120,000 children under age 14 died of AIDS-related causes while hourly, 18 were newly infected.

The 2017 UNICEF Statistical Update on Children and AIDS, launched Friday, projects that if current trends persist, there will be 3.5 million new adolescent HIV infections by 2030.

“It is unacceptable that we continue to see so many children dying from AIDS and so little progress made to protect adolescents from new HIV infections,” said Dr. Chewe Luo, Chief of HIV for UNICEF.

“The AIDS epidemic is not over; it remains a threat to the lives of children and young people and more can and should be done to prevent it,” he added.

A UNICEF analysis of demographic trends and new HIV data reveals that targets set in the 2020 Super-Fast-Track framework developed in 2016 to end AIDS among children, will not be achieved.

While noting that mother-to-child HIV transmissions have declined and two million new infections in children have been averted, UNICEF warns that such progress must not lead to complacency, saying that progress in preventing, testing and treating HIV infections among adolescents has been unacceptably slow.

“To continue at this slow rate of progress is to gamble with the lives of children and commit future generations to a preventable life of HIV and AIDS,” Dr. Luo added. “We must act urgently in order to sustain any gains we have made in the past decade.”

To address HIV-response gaps, UNICEF proposes utilising emerging innovations; scaling-up the response for children; and strengthening governments’ capacity to collect of comprehensive, disaggregated testing and treatment data.

Innovative solutions must be adopted to speed up progress in preventing HIV infection of children and ensuring those living with HIV get the treatment they need.

الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة يدعو إلى تجديد العزم لجعل وباء الإيدز شيئا من الماضي

متطوعون ومستشارون يناقشون الوقاية ضد فيروس نقص المناعة البشرية من خلال المعرفة والمهارات الصحيحة، مع مجموعة من المراهقين في مدينة زامبوانغا، الفلبين. المصدر: اليونيسف / بالاسي

2017/12/1

وجه الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة الأمين العام أنطونيو غوتيريتش في اليوم العالمي للإيدز رسالة قال فيها:

“إن العالم يمضي بثقة نحو تحقيق هدف القضاء على وباء الإيدز بحلول عام 2030. والآن هناك 21 مليون شخص من المصابين بفيروس نقص المناعة البشرية يحصلون على العلاج – وهي أعداد ينبغي أن تنمو إلى أكثر من 30 مليون بحلول عام 2020. أعداد الوفيات المرتبطة بالإيدز، والإصابات الجديدة بفيروس نقص المناعة البشرية، آخذة في الانخفاض؛ وهناك أمل كبير في أن يفلح العالم في الوفاء بوعده – ولكن ما زال أمامنا الكثير مما ينبغي عمله.”

ونبه الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة إلى أن بعضاً من جهود مجابهة فيروس الإيدز تتعرض للتراجع. ففي بعض مناطق العالم تراجعت بعض أوجه النجاحات التي حققها العالم بالعمل الشاق، ملاحظاً التزايد في أعداد الإصابات الجديدة بفيروس نقص المناعة البشرية وارتفاع حالات الوفيات المتصلة به.

وذكر الأمين العام في رسالته أن النساء والفتيات مازلن يتأثرن بفيروس نقص المناعة بنسبة أكبر، خصوصاً في القارة الأفريقية، وأنَّ احتمالات أن يدرك الرجال أنهم مصابون بالفيروس هي أقل، وكذا نسبة من يسعون منهم إلى تلقي العلاج. نتيجة لذلك تتزايد احتمالات أن يتسبب الرجال في نقل فيروس نقص المناعة. وما زالت هناك أعداد كبيرة من الناس لا تستطيع الوصول إلى الخدمات التي يحتاجونها للتعافي من المرض، أو للبقاء في صحة جيدة.

في هذا اليوم العالمي للإيدز، دعا الأمين العام في رسالته إلى “تجديد الالتزام بإكمال ما بدأنا فيه، وجعل وباء الإيدز شيئا من الماضي.

الأمم المتحدة: إمدادات الغذاء التي بدأت الوصول إلى اليمن غير كافية لمنع وقوع كارثة

وصول مساعدات إنسانية إلى اليمن عبر الجو. Photo: UNICEF/Madhok

2017/11/29

ذكر المتحدث باسم الأمم المتحدة أن سفينتين تجاريتين وصلتا إلى ميناء الحديدة باليمن، وعلى متنهما 35 ألف طن متري من القمح والدقيق.

كما تحقق فريق التفتيش والتحقق التابع للأمم المتحدة من ثلاث سفن تحمل نحو 65 ألف طن من المواد الغذائية. وقال المتحدث إن تلك السفن بانتظار إصدار تصاريح لها من التحالف بقيادة السعودية بدخول ميناء الحديدة.

وقال مكتب الأمم المتحدة لتنسيق الشؤون الإنسانية إن بعض المواد الغذائية بدأت الوصول إلى اليمن، ولكن كمياتها غير كافية لمنع وقوع كارثة إنسانية.

وقد تضاعف سعر الديزل في اليمن، وارتفع سعر الوقود بأكثر من 70%.

وشدد المكتب على أهمية السماح بوصول الوقود إلى الموانئ اليمنية على الفور، لتشغيل المولدات بالمستشفيات ومحطات ضخ المياه وتوزيع مياه الشرب والغذاء.

UNICEF press conference: Geert Cappelaere, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on the humanitarian situation of children in Yemen

This is a summary of what was said by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at in Amman, Jordan.

AMMAN, 26 November 2017

Today’s briefing has been triggered by our successful delivery yesterday of 1.9 million doses of vaccines to Sana’a airport.

It was our first delivery of humanitarian supplies to Sana’a airport since the 6th of November.

If you allow me, I will give you a little bit of a brief and then I will definitely take time for questions.

Today, it is fair to say that Yemen is one of the worst places on earth to be a child.

More than 11 million Yemeni children are today in acute need of humanitarian assistance. That’s almost every single Yemeni boy and girl.

The reason behind this is very straightforward: decades of conflict, decades also of chronic underdevelopment.

Yemen is the country with the most depleted water sources across the globe; Yemen today is also the country with almost the highest level of malnutrition. What has happened in the last two and a half years, throughout Yemen has of course only exacerbated what was already a very sad reality. Today we estimate that every ten minutes a child in Yemen is dying from preventable diseases. The massive and unprecedented outbreak of acute watery diarrhea and cholera this year is no surprise. As you know, close to one million Yemenis have been affected by acute watery diarrhea and cholera.

It’s not a surprise, because of the almost entirely devastated water and sanitation system throughout the country. Not a surprise, because in Yemen the health system is on its knees.

The war in Yemen is sadly a war on children. Close to 5,000 children have been killed or seriously injured the last two and a half years alone.

Thousands of schools and health facilities have been damaged or completely destroyed.

Two million children today in Yemen suffer acute malnutrition.

Enough reasons for humanitarian organizations like UNICEF to have stepped up our efforts to assist Yemeni children, to assist the Yemeni people and I really would not want to miss this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation, admiration even, for all humanitarian workers today in Yemen, particularly our Yemeni colleagues. They have shown unprecedented examples of heroism over the last months.

Access to children however is a daily challenge, today more than ever. We therefore welcome yesterday’s reopening of Sana’a airport. It allowed us to send in a first humanitarian convoy, as I said 1.9 million doses of vaccines, vaccines that are urgently needed for a planned campaign to vaccinate 600,000 children across Yemen. Vaccinate them against: diphtheria, meningitis, whooping cough, pneumonia and tuberculosis.

We are very grateful for what we could achieve yesterday. However, this is not enough, much, much more is needed.

Let me make three simple pleas:

1. Far more humanitarian supplies are needed today. Yesterday’s success cannot be a one-off. Far more supplies are indeed needed. We have, as UNICEF, vessels on their way to Hodeida port. Vessels carrying ready-to-use therapeutic food for assisting malnourished children, chlorine tablets for chlorinating water wells in order to ensure drinking water, medical supplies to support the prevention and also treatment of acute watery diarrhea and cholera. More vaccines are urgently needed to treat the outbreak of diphtheria; as you may be aware we have an outbreak of diphtheria mainly concentrated in the governorate of Ibb but spreading and spreading rapidly so more vaccines are needed urgently to prevent and treat diphtheria. More vaccines are equally needed for our routine immunization. Unfortunately, the vaccines stocks, despite the 1.9 million that we delivered yesterday, are running out, vaccine stocks are depleted. So, we urgently need to get more routine vaccines in.

2. We also need access to affordable fuel. As you know access to drinking water in Yemen is achieved mainly, if not exclusively, through pumping water. With the absence of a national power grid we need to pump water using generators and therefore access to affordable fuel is equally in huge need. This implies that getting the supplies is one part, ensuring that the supplies whatever they are reaching every single vulnerable girl and boy throughout Yemen is another challenge. We need access, we need unimpeded access atany given moment in time to those millions of children in need.

3. And a third request, is another straight forward one: it’s the war on children to stop. It’s the war to stop. On behalf of every single boy and girl in Yemen, let me conclude by appealing once again to all parties responsible for today’s situation in Yemen, to all parties and all those with a heart for children: Please take your responsibility, don’t take it tomorrow, take your responsibility now.

Thank you so much.

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