Saudi Arabia, UAE Yet To Disburse Funding To Fulfill $1B Pledge For Yemen Aid; U.N. Warns Of Possible Slowdown In Humanitarian Operations
New Humanitarian: Key Gulf donors yet to deliver on Yemen aid promises
“A record-breaking $1 billion pledge from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to humanitarian operations in Yemen has gone unfulfilled for four months — a gap the U.N. says could soon lead to a slowdown in much-needed aid. The two countries, which head a coalition fighting on one side of Yemen’s war, promised the money at a Geneva conference in late February. … But more than four months later, despite multiple meetings between U.N. humanitarian officials and leaders of the two countries — including a late May visit to Riyadh by U.N. relief chief Mark Lowcock — the money has still not been disbursed…” (Slemrod/Parker, 7/2).