Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis opened the high-level donor conference on the crisis in Yemen in Geneva, together with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell. He announced CHF 14.5 million in financial support for humanitarian aid on the ground. After years of war, the people of Yemen are facing extremely dire living conditions.
Speaking in Geneva, FDFA head Ignazio Cassis reiterated his support for the Yemeni people, whose humanitarian needs remain alarming. In 2023, Switzerland will provide CHF 14.5 million to help fund the humanitarian activities of several organizations, including the ICRC and the UN World Food Programme. Swiss support focuses on water, food security, and the protection of civilians.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Cassis offered a message of hope as Yemenis welcomed the first suspension of hostilities in years. He called on all parties to the conflict to bring the war to an end once and for all, underscoring that only then could a lasting improvement in the country’s humanitarian situation be achieved. Mr. Cassis also called on the international community not to lose sight of the suffering of the Yemeni people.
”Yemeni women, men, and children expect nothing less than our full commitment. This is our collective responsibility”, he declared.
One of the worst humanitarian crises worldwide
Some 22 million people, two-thirds of the country’s population, need humanitarian assistance in Yemen. Women and children are the most severely affected by the crisis. Yemen also faces a massive migration crisis involving 4.5 million internally displaced persons, with devastating consequences for health, nutrition, and children’s education.
Towards a political solution to the conflict
Beyond providing humanitarian aid on the ground, Switzerland is working to encourage the parties to the conflict to reach a ceasefire agreement. Switzerland supports the international community’s appeal for a ceasefire and the UN’s efforts to find a political solution to the conflict.
The Geneva donors’ conference was co-chaired by the Swedish and Swiss governments and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The meeting brought together some 15 ministers, along with representatives of international organizations and NGOs.