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Statement delivered by Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Flemming Møller Mortensen, on the occasion of Yemen Virtual High-Level Pledging Event on 1 March, 2021

01.03.2021  17:22

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is deeply tragic. The world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.

I am truly concerned about the danger of widespread famine and about the effects of the covid-19 pandemic. 

And I am concerned for the women and girls of Yemen who are affected the worst by the crisis.

We need to strengthen our humanitarian efforts in Yemen. Funding and access are essential.

And we need to redouble our push for long-term solutions to the conflict.

I call on all parties to be part of a sustainable ceasefire and support the UN-led efforts for an inclusive political solution to the conflict.

I also call on all parties to ensure humanitarian access with immediate effect - and respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

There must be no constraints on humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian organizations must be allowed full and free access to those in need.

Against this background, I hereby announce a pledge of 20.4 million US dollars in new funding for 2021 for lifesaving humanitarian activities in Yemen. 

The funding will be provided through the UN Yemen Humanitarian Fund, UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross along with civil society organizations. 

Overall, Denmark has contributed funding of 145 million US dollars to humanitarian action in Yemen since the start of the conflict in 2015.

Finally, I would like to share my sincere appreciation of the work of all frontline staff delivering humanitarian assistance in Yemen, often in extremely difficult and dangerous conditions. 

Thank you very much.