By Brian Son
A UN conference for Yemen on 1 March 2021 was a pivotal moment for governments to commit voluntary funds in support of the Yemeni people, who have already suffered through six years of a man-made catastrophe. With five million people currently teetering on the edge of starvation and over two-thirds of the country’s population in need of humanitarian aid or protection, the situation could not be more urgent.
Outcome of pledging event disappointing
The outcome of the pledging event has been described as “disappointing” by UN chief Antonio Guterres who announced that pledges totalled less than last year’s humanitarian response, and a billion dollars less than the figure raised in 2019. According to the UN, $3.85 billion are needed to avert large-scale famine, with only $1.7 billion committed at this point. In 2020, humanitarian funding was only half of what was needed, and only half the amount received the year before.
[The rest of this piece can be read on the Democracy Without Borders website.]