Statement by H.E. Mr. Andre Pung, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Estonia in Geneva, Head of the Delegation
High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
3 April 2018
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Dear co-chairs, Excellences, colleagues,
Allow me to thank the United Nations and Governments of Switzerland and Sweden for organizing this pledging conference. The three-year conflict has resulted in the worst ever man-made humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Wide-scale human suffering, displacement, the very real risks of famine and disease outbreaks cannot be ignored.
Estonia is deeply concerned about the severe impact the crisis in Yemen has on the affected populations. A part of imence lack of protection, deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting in collapse of economy, basic services and institutions, the conflict has triggered food insecurity and acute malnutrition. We acknowledge the utmost important role of the humanitarian organisations in the country as providers of emergency services and food assistance. Moreover, we appreciate the particular attention to the most vulnerable groups as children, women and girls and focus on children’s healthcare and education to preserve hope and future opportunities for this vulnerable community.
As a result of violence, insecurity and bureaucratic impediments, humanitarian access is extremely limited. Estonia calls on all relevant parties to allow unimpeded humanitarian access to all populations in need and to remove all obstacles preventing the delivery of life-saving assistance. Estonia urges all parties to respect the international humanitarian law and the international human rights law as well as humanitarian principles.
Humanitarian response is critical to save lives, but it cannot provide long-term solutions. Before the international community can support the efforts to rebuild the devastated land – provide Yemeni children access to schools and healthcare services, build roads and housing, restore hope and future – peace is needed in Yemen.
Estonia is committed to alleviate the humanitarian situation of the people in Yemen and continues supporting humanitarian agencies in this regard. Today Estonia pledges 30’000 euros through the World Food Programme in order to alleviate the alarming food insecurity in Yemen.