The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Statement on the ninth anniversary of the conflict in Yemen

Statement on the ninth anniversary of the conflict in Yemen, by Under-Secretary-General and UNOPS Executive Director Jorge Moreira da Silva.

As we mark nine years of conflict in Yemen, UNOPS remains committed to helping respond to humanitarian needs, while supporting Yemenis in their path to peace and sustainable development.

In the face of a dire humanitarian situation, with over half of the population in need of assistance and protection services, we work with our partners to bring practical solutions to urgent needs.

This work includes restoring and improving access to essential social services in urban areas, including water, health, and sanitation, solid waste management and electricity for millions of people. It entails our efforts to bring solar energy to many parts of the country and repair transport infrastructure across Yemen.

Crucially, UNOPS manages the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM), which enables the safe passage of millions of tonnes of essential supplies into Yemen. This is a confidence-building mechanism to enable the flow of commercial cargo to the ports of Hodeidah, Saleef, and Ras Isa. Since the beginning of its operations, UNVIM has facilitated the entry of over 30 million metric tonnes of food, almost 15 million metric tonnes of fuel, and over 5.5 million metric tonnes of other cargo into Yemen.

Additionally, UNOPS provides operational support to the UN-led peace process in the country.

These projects, among others, manifest our commitment to the people of Yemen, to help build peace, resilience, and better lives.

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