The United Nations secretary-general and high-ranking government officials from dozens of countries were meeting Tuesday in Geneva to drum up funds for war-torn Yemen considered one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises.
Antonio Guterres and top diplomats from Switzerland and Sweden are co-hosting a pledging conference in the Swiss city that’s aimed at helping assemble $2.1 billion US in a UN relief appeal that was launched this year.
The UN’s humanitarian arm, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA, has pointed to “an alarming 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian or protection assistance” in Yemen.
“Without further action from parties to the conflict and the international community, Yemen is at a serious risk of plunging into famine – with even more children’s lives hanging in the balance,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF’s director for Mideast and North Africa. “We are in a race against time.
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