SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFED ON THREATS TO THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE
In a briefing to the Security Council on 18 June, the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Mark Lowcock reported that the humanitarian situation is worsening for many Yemenis, while fighting continues in many areas of the country. Since June this year, 120,000 more people have fled their homes due to conflict while 375 access incidents where aid was blocked or delayed were reported in April and May. A UN assessment of a decaying oil tanker that threatens to spill 1.1 million barrels of oil into the Red Sea was delayed as the necessary permits could not be secured, Mr. Lowcock indicated. A spill from the tanker could reach from Bab el Mandeb to the Suez Canal and potentially as far as the Strait of Hormuz, resulting in a major disaster for the environment, shipping lanes and the global economy.
The humanitarian response remains severely underfunded. At the High-Level Pledging Event for this year’s humanitarian response plan, which the Secretary-General convened in February, donors pledged US$2.6 billion. Twenty-seven of the 40 donors who pledged have paid more than 75 per cent of their pledges, and 20 of the donors have paid 100 per cent - and in some cases even more. The Humanitarian Response Plan 2019 is currently just 34 per cent funded, compared with 60 per cent at the same time a year ago.