Jun 05: The high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen was hosted by Saudi Arabia in partnership with the United Nations. The conference aimed to draw financial pledges from international donors to meet the basic needs of the Yemeni people. His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs said: “the Kingdom is keen to support all efforts made by the UN to reach a sustainable political solution in Yemen, to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, which in turn supports the humanitarian, economic and development aspects”.
The event is a part of a series of initiatives led by the Kingdom to support comprehensive developmental and humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people. Till date about $16.9 billion has been donated to the cause.
At the conference, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, advisor at the Royal Court and the Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah, announced Saudi Arabia’s pledge of $500 million to support the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan for 2020 and the Covid-19 response plans in Yemen. The pledge includes $300 million allocated to United Nations agencies and the remaining $200 million will be allocated to KSrelief in accordance with its mechanisms and in coordination with national, international and local humanitarian organizations. The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock pointed to the support provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Yemen and expressed his hope to obtain donations pledged during the event, which amounted to USD 1.35 billion. He urged the donors to fulfil their obligations so that the organizations do not close some of their programs due to insufficient funds.
Last year, Saudi Arabia pledged $750 million benefitting 11 million Yemenis. Sectors with acute need such as food security, agriculture, health, nutrition among others were funded. In this year’s conference, His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, urged other donor countries and participants to support the humanitarian cause in Yemen with the aim of raising $2.4 billion for the world’s biggest aid
His Excellency Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati, the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to India stated that “the Kingdom’s decision to organize and sponsor the donor conference reflects the Kingdom’s continued commitment and support for the welfare of the Yemeni people especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Source: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in India