The UAE has contributed AED 22 million (US$ 6 million) to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support the UN’s humanitarian response plan in the Republic of Yemen.
The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation today signed a co-operation agreement in this regard with the World Food Programme, on the margins of the Seventy-first Ordinary Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Signed today by Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the WFP, the agreement aimed to provide urgent, lifesaving food aid, especially in the Yemeni areas witnessing most acute food scarcity.
Commenting on the signing of the UAE agreement, Reem Al Hashimy said, “Providing such assistance is part of the pledge to support the humanitarian and relief efforts, particularly to help women and children. Such efforts fall within the framework of the humanitarian approach that the UAE adopts.”
She assured that “the UAE looks forward to working more effectively and strengthening the partnership with the WFP to achieve the ultimate goal of providing relief to those who are suffering the most.”
According to the agreement, more than 107,000 beneficiaries will be served monthly for four months. This contribution of the UAE will help provide food assistance to those affected by the crisis, increase their food consumption by increasing urgent lifesaving food assistance, support or restore food security and nutrition, and establish or rebuild livelihoods in fragile environments and emergency cases.
“We appreciate this contribution from the United Arab Emirates because it will help us provide vital food assistance to families which are struggling to feed themselves and their children in Yemen,” said Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme.
“Over the years, our partnership with the UAE has helped save millions of lives worldwide. We can always count on the generosity of the UAE and its people in these difficult times.”
Between April 2015 and July 2016, the UAE provided AED 4.34 billion (US$1.20 billion) worth of foreign assistance to Yemen.
Such intensive foreign assistance comes as part of the UAE’s humanitarian and developmental response to the current crisis, in order to provide relief to Yemen and help the country overcome its ordeal to maintain its stability and territorial integrity.