New York, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), presented Mr. Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator for OCHA, with a cheque for USD 500 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fund the 2019 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP). The signing ceremony took place at the opening of a conference entitled Humanitarian Situation Yemen, The Way Forward, which featured statements and input from a number of UN officials and diplomats, including foreign ministers from Saud Arabia and Yemen.
According to Mr. Lowcock, the single-grant payment will be distributed by OCHA to WFP, WHO, UNICEF, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNHCR, UNDP and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to support essential priorities in the Yemen Humanitarian Response.
High-level officials present for the signing included Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, Dr. Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Al Assaf, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al Jubeir, and Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Abdallah Yahya A. al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, and Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, Secretary General of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Following the signing, Mr. Lowcock expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom's generous support. With today's provision of funds from Saudi Arabia, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan will have received more than USD 2.3 billion, or 56% of its requirements for the year. This is substantial progress, and we thank all our donors for their support.
Dr. Al Rabeeah added his remarks on the goals of KSrelief's strong partnership with the United Nations. The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre commends the efforts of the United Nations organizations, which share our commitment to alleviating the suffering of the people of Yemen in accordance with international humanitarian laws and principles of neutralityI assure you that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is keen to support all peace initiatives submitted by the UN envoys to Yemen. The Kingdom has also supports all meaningful and constructive dialogue that supports peace efforts and adopts peaceful solutions in Yemen, such as the Yemen National Dialogue, the Stockholm Agreement and UN Resolution 2216to ensure the return of peace, security and stability to Yemen, the region and the entire world.
Source: Saudi Press Agency