International Donors Pledge $2B For Yemen; U.N. SG Calls Conflict World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

Al Jazeera: International donors pledge $2bn for Yemen at U.N. event
“International donors have pledged more than $2bn in humanitarian aid to provide life-saving assistance and protection to the people of Yemen bearing the brunt of a deadly conflict now its fourth year. Forty countries and organizations committed to donate $2.01bn on Tuesday during a pledging event in the Swiss city of Geneva, which was co-chaired by the U.N., Sweden, and Switzerland…” (4/3).

CNN: The Yemen war is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, U.N. says
“The war in Yemen is now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22 million people — three-quarters of the population — in desperate need of aid and protection, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said. As the conflict enters its fourth year, millions are without access to clean drinking water and the country is at high risk of a cholera epidemic, Guterres said at a donor conference in Geneva on Tuesday…” (Nikbakht/McKenzie, 4/3).

Devex: U.N. gets $2B for Yemen amid access struggle
“…The funding pledged at the high-level event fell short of the U.N.’s $2.96 billion goal. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates each pledged $500 million, making up nearly half of the $2.01 billion total promised by 40 states. More could be on the way, if an additional $500 million that Saudi Arabia and the UAE have vowed to secure from neighboring countries materializes. Other top donors included Kuwait ($250 million), the United Kingdom ($239.7 million), the European Union ($132.7 million), and the United States ($87 million)…” (Chadwick/Lieberman, 4/4).

The Guardian: Saudi Arabia and UAE pledge nearly $1bn in aid for Yemen at U.N. conference
“…Asked if he saw a contradiction in the Saudi stance towards Yemen, Guterres said a country’s humanitarian commitments and military actions should be kept separate. ‘We all know that there is a war. We all know who the parties [are] to the war but the two things need to be seen separately,’ the U.N. chief told reporters. ‘Independent of the fact that there is a war, there are humanitarian obligations that are assumed by countries,’ he said…” (Beaumont, 4/3).

U.N. News: Donors pledge $2 billion to scale up aid delivery in Yemen; U.N. chief urges unrestricted access to make sure it reaches people in need
“An appeal that raised some $2 billion to help millions of people in Yemen was a ‘remarkable success of international solidarity’ for the country’s war-weary people, but aid alone will not provide a solution to the conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday…” (4/3).