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UN to carry out $1.5 billion projects in Yemen in 2012 – 2014

By NY Staff

SANA’A (Saba) – The UN will carry out $1.5 billion projects in Yemen during the transitional stage 2012 – 2014, UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Yemen said Sunday.

Speaking to Saba, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that “these contributions will link between humanitarian, development and early response aid with sustainable livelihoods in order to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.”

Praising the outcome of the donors meeting for Yemen held September 4-5 in Riyadh, Ahmed said that the Riyadh meeting showed the commitment of the international community to support Yemen to be able to meet current developments and humanitarian challenges, in addition to ensuring the implementation of the Gulf initiative.

The donors’ speech was clear and obvious that Yemen deserves urgent support to ensure a successful and smooth transition to a stable state, besides many donors’ confirmation of their understanding of the situation in Yemen and its humanitarian crisis requires everyone’s support to tackle it, he said.

The UN and non-governmental organizations in Yemen have appealed the international community to provide aid to fulfill the immediate needs of the millions who suffer from the humanitarian crisis. They considered the emergency interventions as vital.

According to UN estimates, Yemen needs $584.5 million for humanitarian operations this year, while the amount the aid agencies have received so far is $272.5 million.

Moreover, a press release issued by the UN office in Sana’a said that the UN organizations managed to reach 2.2 million people of the total of 6 million people targeted by aid agencies for being of provided with assistance this year, including 60,000 children who suffer from acute malnutrition.

The UN organizations have provided shelter to 271,000 people, safe water to 474,000 people and assistances to about 272,000 refugees and immigrants fled to Yemen, the press released said.

The UN is currently supporting the efforts of the National Reconciliation Government to implement the transition stage and basic objectives set forth in the executive mechanism of the Gulf initiative, including the preparations for the coming parliamentary elections and the expected referendum on the constitutional amendments.

The UN and Secretary-General Special Adviser Jamal bin Omar recognizes that the implementation of the national dialogue successfully will have a significant impact on the sustainability of the power transition and move forward towards stability, therefore the required aid would be directed to ensure holding a successful national dialogue including all parties, the press release read.