Norway steps up humanitarian aid to Yemen
The cholera outbreak has now spread throughout the country, which is also suffering from armed conflict and a food crisis.
It is crucial that the international community makes a joint effort to ensure that the UN humanitarian appeal is met.
Norway is increasing its humanitarian aid to Yemen by NOK 10 million.
The UN has described the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster and has estimated that almost 80 % of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance.
Ten million people urgently require live-saving assistance.
Norway therefore supports the efforts of the UN special envoy to get the parties back to the negotiating table as quickly as possible,’ said Mr Brende.
So far this year, Norway has nearly doubled its aid to Yemen, and is providing about NOK 250 million in humanitarian relief.
This includes the amount announced at the donor conference for Yemen in April, as well as additional funds in response to the hunger crisis and the cholera epidemic.
Norway’s support is being channelled through several UN agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and various humanitarian organisations that cooperate with local partners in Yemen.
Norway is also providing funding through the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which has disbursed more than NOK 200 million to Yemen so far in 2017.