Last Updated: 2018-02-14
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GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb 14 (NNN-SPA) - United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, reiterated the UN Secretary General's statement, in which he welcomed the generous pledge by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to provide $1 billion, to support humanitarian action in Yemen, and their pledge to additionally raise $500 million, from donors in the region.

In a press statement today, he said that, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE had agreed with the United Nations, on ways to transfer such funding by Mar 31, the UAE News Agency (WAM) reported.

The two countries have stressed the need to use funding, solely on humanitarian grounds, regardless of any other considerations, he said.

930 million dollars will be allocated to support Yemen's humanitarian response plan for 2018.

He pointed out that the Saudi and the UAE's pledge represents one-third of the total amount of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Plan in Yemen, of $ 2.96 billion.

This pledge, once received, will reduce hunger, contain diseases, provide basic health care, water services and education and reduce the suffering of millions of Yemeni people throughout the country.-- NNN-SPA