On 22 September, the European Commission announced an additional €119 million in humanitarian and development aid to support vulnerable Yemenis suffering from over 6 years of conflict.
Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with close to 70% of the population in need of humanitarian assistance. The crisis has also set back human development in the country by more than 20 years, impacting national institutions, public services and infrastructures.
The funding announced today on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly brings EU support to Yemen in 2021 to €209 million.
Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said: "Humanitarian needs in Yemen are unprecedented and keep increasing, while the response is only half-funded. Thousands are starving, and millions are on the verge of famine. The EU remains committed to continuing its assistance to Yemen and call on the parties to grant unrestricted humanitarian access and allow the flow of basic commodities such as food and fuel. The EU supports the UN-led political process. Only peace can bring Yemenis’ suffering to an end.”
Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, said: “Human suffering in Yemen must be stopped. Today the EU is delivering on its commitment to act and avert famine by using all the instruments at its disposal. The strengthened development funding announced today as part of the EU pledge will address the economic drivers that fuel the increasing humanitarian needs on the ground. The EU sends a strong signal to other donors on the importance to preserve Yemen’s developmental gains for post-conflict recovery. This will help vulnerable families put food on the table and access vital services across Yemen. Women will play a central role in building the future of Yemen – this is why our support will put a strong emphasis on women economic empowerment.”