Tale/innlegg | Dato: 25.04.2017 | Utenriksdepartementet
Av: Tidligere utenriksminister Børge Brende (Genève, 25. april)
- Norway is extremely concerned by the situation in Yemen, sa utenriksminister Børge Brende i Norges innlegg på konferansen. Norge øker den humanitære støtten til Jemen til totalt 212 millioner kroner i 2017.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
- I would like to thank Sweden, Switzerland and the UN for hosting this important conference.
- Yemen is experiencing a humanitarian disaster.
- Two years of conflict has had a devastating impact.
- Every ten minutes in Yemen, a child under five dies from preventable diseases, because the health system is on the verge of collapse.
- Over seven million urgently need food assistance. There is a real danger of famine.
- Over 18 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance
- Norway is extremely concerned by the situation in Yemen.
- Not only are the humanitarian needs enormous, but lack of access to hard-to-reach and besieged areas is a huge obstacle for humanitarian efforts.
- This underlines the need for a political solution to the conflict.
- We urge the conflicting parties to take into consideration that Hodeidah is the main port for essential food and aid imports.
- All parties to the conflict must allow for humanitarian access in accordance with International Humanitarian Law, and ensure the safety of humanitarian workers.
- Today, Norway pledges NOK 212 million (about USD 25 million) in humanitarian funding to Yemen for 2017.
- We are also a large donor to the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund.
- Timely disbursement of pledges is important to close the financing gap.
- We are doing our utmost to disburse quickly, with funding to some key partners already disbursed or about to be disbursed.
- Securing access to education is key to the future of Yemen.
- During the war, 1.8 million children have had their school bombed or occupied.
- This is unacceptable. Schools are supposed to be places of hope and learning, not places of fear.
- Norway calls on all states to endorse and implement the Safe Schools declaration in order to prevent military use and protect education under attack.
- By making schools safer, we are protecting the future.
- It's the young generation of Yemen that must play the main role in rebuilding the country when the conflict is over.
- Finally, I would like to thank our partners – the UN, the Red Cross Movement and other civil society organisations for their work on the ground in Yemen.