United Nations: Yemen is the poorest country in the world

Yemen is the poorest country in the world

According to the Yemen War Impact Assessment report, since the Houthi coup, the war has increased poverty in Yemen from 47 percent of the population to 75 percent, according to forecasts by the end of 2019.If fighting continues until 2022, Yemen will be classified as the poorest country in theworld. where seventy-nine percent of the population lives below the poverty line, sixty-five percent are classified as very poor.

“UNDP has worked with the support of international partners and as part of a broader United Nations intervention, focusing on helping Yemenis sustain businesses and enterprises, in order to maintain the infrastructure needed to recover when they are in place, said Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator. Peace comes.

If the war continues in Yemen, the proportion of the population living in extreme poverty will triple, and will rise from 19 percent in 2014 to 65 percent in 2022, the report said. Yemen by 2022 is the most poor country in the world.

The report, launched at a parallel event at the UN General Assembly, co-hosted by Germany and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to identifies spikes in malnutrition throughout Yemen. Twenty-five percent of the population was malnourished, but the report estimates that this figure is now approaching thirty-six percent, and could reach about fifty percent if fighting continue until 2022.

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Princess Rima bint Bandar: Saudi Arabia has fulfilled its commitments to Yemen

Saudi Arabia has fulfilled its commitments to Yemen

Saudi Ambassador to Washington Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan announced that the Kingdom has fulfilled its obligations towards Yemen and will continue in this regard.

“Saudi Arabia has fulfilled its pledge and provided $ 500 million to the UN program at the Yemen donors’ conference,” she added in a tweet on her Twitter account.”We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that the humanitarian needs of our Yemeni neighbours are met.”

Saudi aid to Yemen from May 2015 to the end of 2018 totaled $ 14.5 billion, according to the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

According to a report issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Saudi Arabia has been at the forefront of donors for humanitarian action in Yemen alongside with UAE

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UAE fights terrorism in Yemen

UAE fights

A British researcher praised the efforts of the Transitional Council in combating terrorism in Yemen with the support of the UAE, pointing out that al-Qaeda has benefited from the corruption of the regime in marketing itself in the country.

“There is a relationship between the government and terrorism, and there are beneficiaries of the continuation of war and terrorism,” Elizabeth Kandle, a researcher at Oxford University, said in a seminar on terrorism at UN headquarters in Geneva.

Kandel spoke of her experience in Hadramout, which she visited during al-Qaeda’s control of the coast of Hadramaut in southern Yemen, and how “terrorist organizations have exploited the corruption of the country’s governance system to market itself and control it by providing services to people in those areas.”

She also praised the efforts of the Transitional Council and the Southern Resistance in the fight against terrorism, supported by the United Arab Emirates, but warned of the danger of terrorist organizations using children and women.

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Germany to donate extra 10 million euros to Yemen

Germany to donate extra 10 million euros

The German government has decided to increase its humanitarian assistance to Yemen by 10 million euros.

To help improve the situation in the country and help the Yemenis to face all the crisis they have to face and manage,
In fields such as : education healthcare and hygiene.

The German Foreign Ministry announced on Thursdaythat the total German aid to Yemen this year will reach 130 million euros instead of 120 million.
The official declaration was made after a meeting on the Yemen conflict on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, which was attended by the German Foreign Minister Heiko Mas.The war in Yemen has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

An agreement nine months ago in Stockholm to pave the way for a peace process has failed to improve the situation so far.

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KSA lifts up the ban on importing Yemeni agricultural products

Yemeni agricultural products

After imposing a ban on yemen’s agricultural products the KSA General Authority for Food announced that : “It was agreed with the Yemeni Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation to facilitate the mechanism of receiving shipments and food products from the Republic of Yemen, and to enhance the opportunities of cooperation between the two countries in the field of food,” .

In a new development that will lead to a slight improvement in Yemen’s economy, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced through the Food and Drug Authority, today, the lifting of the ban on the import of Yemeni fresh pomegranate fruits, and to start receiving the first batch of, Thursday, according to the agreed procedures. Forth with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.

The lifting of the ban comes after the Yemeni exporters and farmers met the requirements of the authority.

The Yemeni Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr.Sha’i Al-Zindani, met with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, today, the CEO of the Saudi Food Authority, Dr. Hisham Al-Jada’i, to start receiving the first payment starting today as per the agreed procedures.

It is worth mentioning that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has imposed a temporary ban on the import of fresh fruits from the Republic of Yemen after it was proved that the residues of pesticides exceeded the limitinternationally agreed on.

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KSA Program for Reconstruction of Yemen exposed in the UN General Assembly

General Assembly

The Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen participated on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, under the chairmanship of the Program Supervisor, Ambassador Mohammed Al Jaber

The participation of the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen included the holding of an exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to introduce the program and its development efforts in Yemen.

The delegation of the participating program gave a presentation to visitors on the development and reconstruction projects in Yemen to many political and diplomatic figures and representatives of international missions in the United Nations General Assembly, and to a number of television channels and media.

The exhibition used virtual reality technology (VR), which presented visual and live materials for the program projects in the Yemeni governorates, which supported seven vital sectors in Yemen: health sector, education sector, electricity and energy sector, agriculture and fisheries sector, water sector, and road sector. Ports, airports, and government buildings.

The exhibition includes videos from Emaar Yemen projects, a group of pictures of children benefiting from the education sector, as well as pictures of beneficiaries in all age groups of the program development projects, which have had a positive impact on the livelihood of Yemeni citizens, and contributed to the strengthening of the Yemeni economy and employment of the Yemeni labor force. Directly and indirectly

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Yemen announces huge development projects

Yemen announces huge development projects

Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration, Abdul Raqeeb Fateh, announced yesterday the implementation of a number of development projects at a total cost of $ 75.5 million with the support of the European Union.

“The program will strengthen the local governance system through providing a range of services, developing social and economic recovery, and supporting local authorities’ development projects,” he said during the inauguration of the Resilience and Local Governance Project Conference in Amman, Jordan.

He stressed, according to the Yemeni News Agency, the need for concerted international efforts in providing more support to Yemen and support the efforts of the government in providing services to all citizens in all provinces of the country.

He stressed that his government is working hard to ensure the enhancement of stability and coordination with donors to implement development projects that contribute to alleviate the unemployment situation and attract jobs and provide all services related to daily life.

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UNICEF: Millions of Yemeni children deprived of education

Millions of Yemeni children deprived of education

Two million children are out of school, including half a million who have dropped out of school since the houthis started the war in Yemen, while the education of another 3.7 million children is at stake, the UN agency said in a statement.

“With the start of the new school year amid ongoing violence in Yemen, 2 million children are out of school, including nearly half a million who have dropped out of school since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015,”

“The education of another 3.7 million children is at stake, where teachers’ salaries have not been paid for more than two years,” the statement said.

“Conflict, delayed development and poverty have deprived millions of children in Yemen of their right to education and their hope for a better future,” said UNICEF Representative in Yemen Sara BesloNiyanti.

“Violence, displacement and attacks on schools prevent many children from reaching school.”

“Thirty years after the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is unacceptable that education and other fundamental rights of the child are out of reach for children in Yemen, all because of man-made factors,” she said.

“As teachers’ salaries have not been paid for more than two years, the quality of education is also at stake.”

“The current conflict in Yemen has escalated for more than four years and has devastated the country’s already fragile education system. One in five schools in Yemen can no longer be used as a direct result of the conflict.”

The organization stressed the cessation of attacks on educational facilities to protect children and teachers.

She also stressed that education authorities across Yemen should work together and find an immediate solution to provide salaries to all teachers and education personnel so that children can continue their education.

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Inflation threatens Yemen’s economy

Yemen's economy

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies revealed a huge inflation in the public salaries sector in Yemen after the the Houthi militias added thousands of names to the payroll of the military and security services.

The Sana’a Center report said that the inflation as a cumulative result of mismanagement of employment policies and administrative corruption because the payroll included a large number of fake names and double employment, and military and security leaders received financial and in-kind privileges.

Yemen faces a large budget deficit, estimated at 660 billion Yemeni rials in 2018, equivalent to $ 1.24 billion.

According to the report, public sector salaries represent 39.33% of expenditures provided in the first section of the government budget for 2019, and does not include government expenditures on other bodies and funds that are outside the first chapter.

Spending for the public wage sector rose from 977 million riyals in the 2014 budget to 1.2 billion riyals in the 2019 budget, although the houthis paid only about half of its employees.

About half a million employees in Sana’a and the rest of the Houthi-controlled provinces remain without salaries for nearly two and a half years, while the government pays the salaries of state employees in their areas on a monthly basis, including half a million military personnel.

This month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged the Yemeni government to pursue better economic policies, improve revenue collection and intensify efforts to control and rationalize spending, particularly spending on the public sector wage bill.

According to the Sana’a Center report, the continuation of this situation threatens to undermine any expected economic recovery or future stability in Yemen.

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies report made recommendations to reduce the public sector salary bill, relating to the Government undertaking an assessment to estimate the increase in salary records.

The report stressed the need to reduce administrative corruption through the electronic fingerprint system to identify all employees.

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UAE combats cholera and epidemics in west coast of yemen

The United Arab Emirates supports the Yemeni people

The United Arab Emirates supports the Yemeni people by promoting and improving areas related to people’s lives, especially health.

In this regard, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, in coordination with the health and agriculture bureaus of Al-Mukha, in Taiz governorate, has launched a “mist spraying campaign” as part of the UAE’s continuous efforts to combat epidemics in the west coast of Yemen, especially the cholera epidemic in order to preserve the lives of civilians and preserve their lives.

The UAE Red Crescent representative in the West Coast said the campaign came in response to a distress call from the local authority aimed at eliminating mosquitoes and insect vectors.

Thabit Al-Hamli, Director of the Agriculture and Population Office at the Mokha Directorate, said during the inauguration that a scheduled campaign plan has been implemented by specialized teams over 12 days, including Mokha city and various isolation and villages of the Directorate.

Al-Hamli conveyed the greetings and thanks of the local authority and the people of Mukha to the UAE, which continues its generous assistance to the Yemeni people in all fields through its humanitarian arm Red Crescent. Dr. Amin Al-Shazli, Director of the Health Bureau in the Directorate, stressed the importance of the campaign, which comes in the context of the efforts exerted by the UAE to control and eliminate cholera, dengue fever and other fevers that have re-spread with the onset of the rainy season.

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