Yemen

News in Brief 25 November 2020

  • UN given permission to assess stranded supertanker off Yemen coast 
  • Alert over growing use of cluster munitions despite stockpile reduction successes 
  • 16 days of action against gender-based violence launches on international day 
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News in Brief 23 November 2020

  • CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID lockdowns 
  • Yemen inches towards famine: UNICEF 
  • Do more to protect Afghan civilians, Bachelet tells armed actors 
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No time to waste, as Yemen inches towards famine: UN Children's Fund

Raising alarm over “an imminent catastrophe” in war-ravaged Yemen, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reiterated the urgent need for combatants to stop the fighting. 

‘Act urgently’ to stave off catastrophic famine in Yemen: Guterres

Yemen is in “imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades”, the UN chief warned in a statement released on Friday, calling for urgent action on the part of the international community to “stave off catastrophe”.

Yemen: Stricken oil tanker must be inspected to avoid environmental catastrophe, UN expert urges

 It is “vital” that technical experts be granted immediate access to a rusting oil tanker threatening an environmental calamity in the Red Sea, an independent UN expert said on Thursday. 

UN envoy urges Yemen’s warring parties to place ‘a firm bet on peace’, as famine threat continues

The plight of Yemenis demands “nothing less than a firm bet on peace”, the UN Special Envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.  

Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent famine in hunger hotspots

People in four food insecurity “hotspots” inside Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, need help urgently to avoid sliding into famine, UN humanitarians said on Friday.

News in Brief 27 October 2020

  • Yemen’s children in desperate need: new food security assessment  
  • Health centres hit amid ongoing fighting in southern Afghanistan 
  • Open science up for all, urge UN agency chiefs, in call for common good 
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‘Work in unison’ to promote peace and security in the Persian Gulf region – UN chief

Given the complex and multifaceted challenges in the Persian Gulf region, the UN chief told the Security Council on Tuesday that it is important to reflect more deeply on how everyone, particularly the Council itself, can “work in unison to promote peace and security”. 

Yemen: Combatants ‘have to find strength’ to end fighting, says UN humanitarian official

Parties to the conflict in Yemen must do more to protect civilians, a senior UN humanitarian official there has said, as the number of civilian deaths has witnessed a sharp rise over the last few weeks in the war-ravaged country.