Mr. Martin Griffiths, USG/ERC, briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Yemen

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Today, Mr. Martin Griffiths, the Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator briefed United Nations Security Council on the situation in Yemen. 

The following quotes are extracts from Mr. Martin Griffiths' Statement as delivered.

"After more than seven years of war, Yemen is a chronic emergency. As aid workers know, there are grave risks in chronic emergencies, namely inertia and fatigue. We have to avoid giving into those forces."

"Yemen still urgently needs help. Hunger, disease and other miseries are rising faster than aid agencies can roll them back. New nationwide assessments done by our humanitarian partners in Yemen confirm that 23.4 million people now need some form of assistance."

"19 million will go hungry, an increase of almost 20% since last year. And we believe, and I use these words carefully, that more than 160,000 of these people will face famine-like conditions."

"A third of Yemen’s wheat comes from Russia and Ukraine, where the current conflict may restrict supply and push up food prices – which already nearly doubled in Yemen last year. There is no doubt of the harm that this will cause."

"Tomorrow, the UN Secretary-General will join Mr. Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation and Ms. Anne Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden in hosting a pledging event for Yemen. We are seeking nearly US$4.3B to help more than 17M people. The event is an opportunity to show we are not giving up on Yemen."