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Mon - 01 Jun 2020 - 05:09 PM ،،،


 Saudi Arabia is set to become the largest consistent donor to Yemen during the upcoming High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen on Tuesday (June 2). The Pledging Event for the United Nation’s Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is being hosted virtually by the Kingdom in partnership with the United Nations.

A total of $2.3 billion is being sought to cover emergency requirements in Yemen across multiple humanitarian sectors, including medical, food and shelter assistance. The event is the first virtual event of its kind to be held on this scale, and will be attended by top Saudi Arabian and United Nations officials.

Among the high-level attendees will be Prince Faisal Bin Farhan, minister of foreign affairs, Ant�nio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, advisor – royal court and supervisor general of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), and Mark Lowcock, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator (OCHA). The event will take place from 8:00-13:40 EDT (New York).

Saudi Arabia hopes to attract significant pledges to finance the 2020 Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan to bring relief to the estimated 24.3 million people in Yemen who are currently in acute need. The United Nations has taken the unusual step of extending the implementation period of the existing plan from this June until the end of December 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Yemen has been the No. 1 humanitarian priority for Saudi Arabia and KSrelief,” said Dr. Al Rabeeah. “COVID-19 has created new needs there, but is just the latest challenge in an already deteriorating situation. Yemen needs a lot of help, not least because of its weak health system. Saudi Arabia, through its strong partnership with the United Nations organizations, is determined to continue to help the Yemeni people, as it has consistently done since 2015.”