Advisor - Royal Court, Supervisor General King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), HE Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah
Address to the High-Level Meeting to Enhance Humanitarian Response in Yemen Sunday, 29 October 2017
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, It is my pleasure to welcome you all here to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to participate in this important High-Level Meeting to enhance humanitarian response in Yemen. This meeting reinforces the concern of the government and the nation of Saudi Arabia towards our brotherly nation of Yemen. Over the years, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have shared geographical, language, family, and strong economic ties, based upon mutual respect. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is leading the international humanitarian community in support of all of the people of Yemen, in all regions irrespective of beliefs and cultural affiliation. Over the past two-and-a-half years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has managed to support Yemen with more than (US$ 8.27) billion.
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) has also executed 161 projects in Yemen with 85 United Nations, international, and regional partners, covering food security, nutrition, shelter, health, social support, and other important projects. In addition, KSrelief has given special attention and support to projects focusing on the needs of women and children, executing 68 projects for women and 80 for children.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has responded to the call of the legitimate government of Yemen to reclaim the democracy that was chosen by the people of Yemen, in accordance with UN resolution No. (2216), the GCC Initiative, and the outcome of the Yemen National Dialogue.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The aggression from the militant coup is not a new one for the Yemeni people, and the latest onslaught from the militias only emphasizes the Iranian interference in Yemen to create a breeding ground for terrorist groups similar to DAESH and Al-Qaida.
Your presence and participation here today reinforces our collective efforts to support and promote humanitarian work in Yemen by enhancing and developing the needs-assessment, which is the foundation of all humanitarian work. In addition, we must increase our support to humanitarian organizations working in Yemen in respect to the humanitarian coordination process – to ensure equality, impartiality, and to avoid duplication of efforts. In this regard, KSrelief will be happy to be a host for humanitarian coordination in Yemen in partnership with OCHA.
KSrelief also emphasizes the importance of monitoring and surveillance, to enhance the efficiency of these activities, and in order to do that we must promote the development of neutral reports that will ensure accuracy and avoid the dissemination of fraudulent and/or misleading information.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are aware that all UN and international resolutions forbid the violation of the use of children as armed weapons and human shields. In this regard, Houthi militia groups have committed significant crimes by recruiting more 20,000 Yemeni children for this purpose, according to reports from human rights organizations.
Therefore, as we all condemn these despicable acts, we must urgently move forward to prevent such actions, and to hold those behind them accountable for violating the rights of these children. KSrelief calls upon you all to participate in KSrelief’s initiative to rehabilitate these children; we are in the process of helping more than 2,000 children in this project, providing psychological, educational, social and family rehabilitation services. We should work together to expand this project to include all children who have had their innocence stolen from them.
I would like to call on you all to achieve decentralization of humanitarian work by increasing the presence of your offices in different locations in Yemen. We all support the initiative of the UN Envoy to Yemen regarding the Hudaydah seaport and Sana’a airport to increase the efficiency of humanitarian work. To ensure that we can save the lives of the Yemeni people, we must use other available points of access in Yemen. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is pleased to provide access to Jazan seaport, and land access to facilitate delivery of aid and relief. The Kingdom is committed to supporting and the delivery of humanitarian aid to all regions of Yemen. We should also increase focus on projects for women and children.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my honor today to announce the first Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum under the patronage of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, HM King Salman bin Abdulaziz, to take place on 24 – 26 February 2018. The forum will focus on the development of international humanitarian work, and I would like to take this opportunity today to invite all of you to this very important event.
Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks to all of you, especially the Restore Hope Coalition and the High Relief Committee representing the legitimate Yemeni Government, OCHA, USAID, DFID and ECHO and all international and national organizations.
I also extend my thanks and appreciation to my colleagues for organizing today’s meeting.