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Switzerland commits CHF14 million to UN fundraising appeal for Yemen


(MENAFN – Swissinfo) Switzerland has pledged CHF14 million ($15.3 million) towards the United Nations humanitarian activities in Yemen, where over six years of war has created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. 

This content was published on March 1, 2021 – 16:19 March 1, 2021 – 16:19 Keystone-SDA/ac

The announcement was made by Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis at a virtual high-level pledging event on Monday, co-hosted by the governments of Switzerland and Sweden. It takes Switzerland’s total financial contribution to humanitarian activities in Yemen to CHF71 million over the past five years. 

Cassis spoke immediately after the opening remarks made by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

‘Today, famine is bearing down on Yemen. The race is on, if we want to prevent hunger and starvation from taking millions of lives,’ Guterres told the conference. 

The fundraising event aims to raise around $3.9 billion (CHF 3.56 billion) needed this year for UN’s operations in Yemen. In 2020, the global body received only around half of the $3.4 billion in funding it had asked for. Humanitarian organisations have had to cut back or close down some of their facilities. 

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