UNDP describes situation in Yemen as First class humanitarian disaster

SANAA, Sept.12 (Saba) – The Administrator of the United Nations Development Program” UNDP” appealed to the Chair of the United Nations Group on Sustainable Development Achim Steiner on Wednesday the international community that the situation in Yemen is as First class humanitarian disaster and he appealed not to make people starve to death.

“The situation is catastrophic and could worsen,” Steiner said in an article in the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau after his visit to Yemen.

He added” economic life has reached a dead end where Roads, schools, houses and agricultural land were destroyed and Gross domestic products ” GDP” has halved in the four years since the war broke out.

While the war in Yemen brought the country back 20 years which the equivalent of almost a generation.

He pointed that 80% of the population depend on aid, while most people you may die of starvation or disease whereas the country is threatened by the spread of cholera again.

“The situation in Yemen can be described in one word as an intolerable situation” the UN official added.

Achim Steiner point out despite all the suffering a great desire to challenge the crisis is still many educated Yemenis stay in their country, although they can look for livelihoods elsewhere.
He appealed to the international community not to forget Yemen and continue negotiations; he considered that the Stockholm Agreement is an important start.

Steiner urged the international community to continue providing humanitarian assistance,” It would be fatal to reduce the commitment to supply the country with food due to lack of financial resources”.

He touched upon the status of Hodeidah port, the detention of ships and the attacks on the country by US-Saudi aggression coalition, he pointed out that the United Nations is currently trying hard to repair the port.

Steiner referred to UNDP projects in Yemen in the areas of water supply, agriculture, education and road construction.

We are not waiting for any praise for our work in these difficult circumstances. This is our work. More importantly, the international community recognizes the conflict as first class humanitarian disaster and a dangerous source of fire” Steiner concluded his article.

We must constantly push triple with “Negotiation, assistance, development” he added.

Amal

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