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20 million Yemenis need “concrete action” from Security Council

Humanitarian Affairs chief Stephen O’Brien briefing the Security Council on the situation in Yemen. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

12 July 2017 – United Nations Radio

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Around 20 million Yemenis depend on the UN Security Council taking concrete action to help end the conflict there that’s now sparked a “cholera scandal”.

That’s the call to action from UN Relief Chief, Stephen O’Brien, addressing the Council on Wednesday along with other senior UN officials; urging more funding and support from the whole international community.

Matt Wells reports.

Security Council Press Statement on Eid bombings in Yemen

24 September 2015

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the horrific 24 September terrorist attacks at a mosque in Sana’a, Yemen, which resulted in a large number of deaths and casualties. The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured by these heinous acts, as well as to the people and the Government of Yemen.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever, and by whomsoever committed.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with their responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations. The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Yemeni authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

 

Welcoming upcoming talks, Security Council calls on Yemeni parties to speed up peace efforts

GENEVA11 September 2015

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the announcement on the upcoming Yemeni peace talks and commended the decision by the Government to participate in them along with other parties.

In a statement issued to the press, the 15-member body emphasized the need for a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process, and reiterated its call on all parties to “resume and accelerate” UN-brokered inclusive political consultations.

The talks will be convened in the region next week by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who yesterday welcomed the commitment of the Government, the Houthis and the General People’s Congress to participate.

“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to attend the announced talks and any such future talks and engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition,” said today’s statement.

They also expressed their support and appreciation for the efforts of the Special Envoy, who will continue to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take steps towards a durable ceasefire and a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political transition process.

In addition, the Council expressed deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, including the food insecurity already facing millions of Yemenis across the country and the increasing risk of famine. They encouraged the international community to contribute to the $1.6 billion UN humanitarian appeal, which was currently only around 24 per cent funded.

 

Security Council Press Statement on Yemen 11 September 2015

The members of the Security Council welcomed the announcement by the United Nations and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen on the upcoming talks that should take place before Eid in the region. The members of the Security Council commended the decision by the Government of Yemen to participate in these peace talks along with other parties.  The members of the Security Council expressed their appreciation and reiterated their full support for the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen.

The members of the Security Council recalled Security Council resolutions 2014 (2011), 2051 (2012), 2140 (2014), 2201 (2015) and 2216 (2015), emphasizing the need for a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process. The members of the Security Council reiterated their demand for the full implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions, and reiterated their call from resolution 2216 (2015) on all Yemeni parties to resume and accelerate United Nations-brokered inclusive political consultations.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to attend the announced talks and any such future talks and engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition. The members of the Security Council strongly condemned all violence, attempts or threats to use violence to intimidate those participating in United Nations-brokered consultations and emphasized that such action is unacceptable.

The members of the Security Council emphasized that the United Nations-brokered inclusive political dialogue must be a Yemeni-led process, with the intention of brokering a consensus-based political solution to Yemen’s crisis in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference and relevant Security Council resolutions.

The members of the Security Council expressed their support and appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, who will continue to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take steps towards a durable ceasefire and a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political transition process in accordance with Security Council resolution 2216 (2015). The members of the Council recognized the importance of UN ceasefire monitoring capacity to support the process.

The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, including the food insecurity already facing millions of Yemenis across the country and the increasing risk of famine.

They welcomed the United Nations revised humanitarian appeal which requested $1.6 billion, but which was currently only around 24 per cent funded. They encouraged the international community to contribute to the appeal.

The members of the Security Council urged all parties to take immediate steps to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance and fuel for civilian purposes to all parts of Yemen, as well as measures to ensure rapid, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to reach people in need of humanitarian assistance, including through all of Yemen’s ports, recalling the need for all sides to comply with the relevant provisions of international humanitarian law and respect the United Nations guiding principles of humanitarian assistance.

The members of the Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, including to take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects, and to end the recruitment and use of children in violation of applicable international law, and to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to bring assistance to those in need throughout the country. They also stressed the urgent need for commercially-shipped food, medicine, fuel and other vital supplies to enter Yemen through all of Yemen’s ports without further delays as a humanitarian imperative because of the heavy dependence of Yemen and its people on imported food and fuel.

Security Council Press Statement on Yemen

10 July 2015

The members of the Security Council welcomed the Secretary-General’s announcement on 9 July and parties’ commitment to a humanitarian pause in Yemen.  The members of the Security Council welcomed President Hadi’s letter of 8 July indicating his support for a humanitarian pause and the Secretary-General’s announcement on 9 July of the commitment by the Houthis, the General People’s Congress and other parties to support a humanitarian pause.

In this regard, the members of the Security Council joined the Secretary-General in supporting the implementation of an unconditional humanitarian pause by all parties to start on Friday, 10 July at 23:59 (GMT+3) until the end of Ramadan, and further urged all parties to exercise restraint in cases of isolated violations and to avoid escalation.

The members of the Security Council emphasized that all parties will need to suspend military operations during the pause and that no party should take advantage of the pause to move weapons or seize territory.

The members of the Security Council urged all parties to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance to all parts of Yemen, as well as rapid, safe, and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to reach people in need of humanitarian assistance, including medical assistance. The members of the Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law and to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to bring assistance to those in need throughout the country.

The members of the Security Council expressed their support and appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, who will continue to engage with all Yemeni stakeholders to take steps towards a durable cease-fire and a mechanism for the withdrawal of forces, release of political prisoners and the resumption of an inclusive political process in accordance with Security Council resolution 2216 (2015) and with the Secretary-General’s statement of 9 July.

Security Council welcomes ‘extraordinary’ efforts by UN to convene Yemen consultations

Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (left) meeting on Tuesday 16 June 2015 with the delegation which arrived from Sana’a to participate in the Geneva Consultations on Yemen. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (left) meeting on Tuesday 16 June 2015 with the delegation which arrived from Sana’a to participate in the Geneva Consultations on Yemen. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

25 June 2015

The Security Council today recognized and welcomed the extraordinary efforts of the United Nations to convene the UN-brokered political consultations on Yemen, strongly encouraging the parties to consider the UN Special Envoy’s proposals to advance the process.

The members of the Security Council, in a press statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York, also “strongly condemned all violence, attempts or threats to use violence to intimidate those participating in UN-brokered consultations and emphasized that such action is unacceptable.”

They also expressed “deep concern” about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, including the risk of famine, and encouraged donors to contribute to the UN’s revised appeal for $1.6 billion, which is currently only around 10 percent funded.

“The members of the Security Council recognized and welcomed the extraordinary efforts of the United Nations,” in particular Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to convene the consultations for Yemen in Geneva, Switzerland and expressed their continued support for the efforts of the Special Envoy,” the statement said.

The statement went on to say that the Security Council “positively took note of the Special Envoy’s briefing to the Security Council on the principles to advance the UN-brokered consultations” and “strongly encouraged the parties to further discuss and consider these proposals in their engagement with the UN and the Special Envoy.”

They also “reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to attend future talks and engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition.”

Furthermore, the Security Council “emphasized that the UN-brokered inclusive political dialogue must be a Yemeni-led process, with the intention of brokering a consensus-based political solution to Yemen’s crisis in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue conference, and relevant Security Council resolutions.”

On humanitarian efforts, the Security Council endorsed the UN Secretary General’s call for a further humanitarian pause to allow life-saving assistance, including medical aid, to reach the Yemeni people urgently and stressed the urgent need for commercial supplies to enter Yemen as a humanitarian imperative.

Members called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, including taking all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects, and to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to get assistance to those in need.

Security Council Press Statement on the situation in Yemen

25 June 2015

The members of the Security Council recognized and welcomed the extraordinary efforts of the United Nations, in particular the Secretary-General and Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, to convene the consultations for Yemen in Geneva and expressed their continued support for the efforts of the Special Envoy. The members of the Security Council positively took note of the Special Envoy’s briefing to the Security Council on the principles to advance the UN-brokered consultations. The members of the Security Council strongly encouraged the parties to further discuss and consider these proposals in their engagement with the UN and the Special Envoy.

The members of the Security Council recalled Security Council resolutions 2014 (2011), 2051 (2012), 2140 (2014), 2201 (2015) and 2216 (2015), emphasizing the need for a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process. The members of the Security Council reiterated their demand for the full implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions, and reiterated their call from resolution 2216 (2015) on all Yemeni parties to resume and accelerate UN-brokered inclusive political consultations.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their call on Yemeni parties to attend future talks and engage without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations, rejecting acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refraining from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition. The members of the Security Council strongly condemned all violence, attempts or threats to use violence to intimidate those participating in UN-brokered consultations and emphasized that such action is unacceptable. The members of the Security Council emphasized that the UN-brokered inclusive political dialogue must be a Yemeni-led process, with the intention of brokering a consensus-based political solution to Yemen’s crisis in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue conference, and relevant Security Council resolutions.

The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, including the risk of famine.  They welcomed the UN’s revised humanitarian appeal which requested $1.6 billion but which was currently only around 10 percent funded. They therefore encouraged the international community to contribute to the appeal.

The members of the Security Council recalled their request to the Secretary-General to intensify his efforts in order to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all areas in need.  Recognizing the further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen, the members of the Security Council endorsed the UN Secretary General’s call for a further humanitarian pause in order to allow life-saving assistance to reach the Yemeni people urgently.  They also stressed the urgent need for ongoing commercial supplies to enter Yemen as a humanitarian imperative because of the heavy dependence of Yemen and its people on imported food and fuel.

The members of the Security Council urged all parties to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance to all parts of Yemen, as well as rapid, safe, and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to reach people in need of humanitarian assistance, including medical assistance. The members of the Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, including taking all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects, and to urgently work with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations to get assistance to those in need.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Yemen, and its commitment to stand by the people of Yemen.

Security Council condemns deadly terrorist attacks against mosques in Yemen

A girl pushes two younger children in a wheelbarrow that also bears several jerrycans in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Mohamed Yasin

A girl pushes two younger children in a wheelbarrow that also bears several jerrycans in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Mohamed Yasin

18 June 2015

The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms the “horrific” series of terrorist attacks on mosques which left dozens dead and wounded in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.

The attacks – perpetrated on 17 June – targeted three mosques in Yemen’s capital city in the latest bout of violence to convulse the war-torn country.

“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation,” the 15-member body declared in a press statement issued late this afternoon.

In addition, the Council reiterated its determination “to combat all forms of terrorism” and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers and financiers of the attacks to justice.

During the period spanning 11 to 15 June, a total of 50 civilians, including 18 children and 11 women, were killed in the ongoing fighting in Yemen, bringing the total number of civilian deaths to 1,412, with another 3,423 confirmed as injured, according to UN data. The Organization recently reported that the total casualty figures from the country’s conflict have surpassed 2,600.

Concluding their press statement, meanwhile, Security Council members also reminded States that “they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law.”

Yemen’s hostilities – which began in mid-March – have only deepened the country’s existent humanitarian crisis, plunging civilians even further into despair. Already the poorest nation in the Gulf region prior to the fighting, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) recently stressed that more than 15 million Yemenis do not have access to basic healthcare, with 53 health facilities closed and malnutrition increasing. Eighty per cent of the country’s population is currently in need of critical humanitarian aid.

At the same time, the country’s extensive archaeological and historic heritage has been increasingly under threat following a surge in aerial bombing raids in the Old City of Sana’a.

This past Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the opening in Geneva of UN-backed consultations among Yemeni stakeholders, telling the press that the parties in Yemen had a responsibility to end the fighting and begin a real process of peace and reconciliation. “Yemen’s very existence hangs in the balance. While parties bicker, Yemen burns,” Mr. Ban underscored at that time.

The consultations are being facilitated by UN Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who yesterday said the fact that both Yemeni delegations are in now Geneva to participate in the consultations “an important start towards the return to a political process.”

PRESS STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACKS IN YEMEN

18 June 2015

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the horrific 17 June terrorist attacks in Sana’a, Yemen, including at 3 mosques, which resulted in a number of deaths and casualties.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured by these heinous acts, as well as to the people and the Government of Yemen.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever, and by whomsoever committed.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Yemeni authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.