State Secretary Raščan announces a new humanitarian contribution from Slovenia at the virtual high-level pledging event for Yemen
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Co-hosted by the United Nations and the governments of Sweden and Switzerland, the virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen brought together representatives of Member States, international organisations, UN agencies, NGOs, and civil society to raise funds to meet the humanitarian needs of Yemenis affected by the conflict. The event also provided an opportunity to express support for the tireless efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to ensure peace, promote respect for international humanitarian law, and allow secure and unhindered access to humanitarian aid.
In his address, State Secretary Raščan expressed deep concern about the devastating humanitarian situation in Yemen. In response to the high level of need and appeals of international humanitarian organisations to increase contributions, Slovenia has committed this year to increasing its aid contribution for Yemen by 20% compared to previous years, announcing its contribution of EUR 120,000 to the ICRC for the 2021–2023 period. In total, Slovenia has thus contributed EUR 520,000 in humaritarian aid since 2016.
State Secretary Raščan voiced his disquiet about the continuation of the conflict, urging the parties to engage constructively in UN Special Envoy Griffiths’ efforts to achieve peace. The Houthis should immediately cease their offensive on Marib. Slovenia is also seriously concerned by the frequent violations of international humanitarian law and human rights. These violations must stop immediately and those responsible must be held accountable. The State Secretary also called for increased efforts by the international community to achieve a political solution, welcoming the increased diplomatic engagement of the United States in this regard.
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world. The risk of large-scale famine has never been more acute. At the same time, Yemen continues to grapple with the effects of cholera, COVID-19, and forced displacement. More than 20 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. The Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan will require USD 3.85 billion in 2021 to carry out all necessary humanitarian activities.