The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate due to the ongoing conflict and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. On 12 November, the European Commission and Sweden will host the second Yemen Humanitarian Senior Officials Meeting to discuss the most pressing issues.
On 12 November, the European Commission and Sweden hosted the second Humanitarian Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
All participants expressed their concern at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen compounded by restricted access, a collapsing economy and shortages of humanitarian funding with an alarming risk of widespread famine.
After Hurricane Eta hit Central America last week causing extensive damage, the EU is mobilising an initial €1.55 million in immediate emergency funding to assist those affected in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The funding will address urgent needs such as water, sanitation and hygiene services, health and protection of the most affected and disadvantaged communities.
In the aftermath of the hurricane, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated by Panama. In response, Spain has dispatched items such as jerry cans, mosquito nets and blankets to the country.
The Commission has announced an additional €3 million in humanitarian support to ensure critical assistance to the civilians most affected by the conflict in and around Nagorno Karabakh. This funding comes on top of €900,000 allocated since early October when the hostilities started.
As more and more Ethiopian refugees fleeing conflict continue to reach the Sudanese borders, the European Commission is mobilising an initial €4 million in emergency assistance to help support the displaced people arriving in Sudan.
On 24 November, the European Union reconfirmed its long-standing solidarity and partnership with the people of Afghanistan, pledging support of €1.2 billion over the period 2021–2025 in both long-term and emergency assistance at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference “Peace, Prosperity and Self-Reliance”.
Only a few days after the onset of Hurricane ETA in the region, Central America and Colombia's Caribbean coast were severely hit by the passage of Hurricane IOTA. In response to the devastating effects of the latest hurricane, the EU is mobilising an additional €1.65 million in emergency humanitarian aid to assist those affected.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, issued the following statement:
"Today in Brussels I met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ethiopia and in the wider region.
The European Commission has launched a new initiative to hear from citizens and stakeholders. The feedback received will set out policy priorities for EU humanitarian aid to better adapt to the new global geopolitical and humanitarian context.
The coronavirus pandemic is further exacerbating a challenging global environment. An increasing number of people require assistance in various parts of the world.
The EU needs to adapt its humanitarian response to maintain and strengthen its leading role as a principled donor of humanitarian aid.
From 1 to 2 December, Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, is visiting Sudan. More than 45,000 Ethiopian refugees have arrived in the border area in the recent weeks, following the outbreak of conflict in the Tigray region. With his visit, the Commissioner re-emphasises EU humanitarian support and the EU’s continued commitment to supporting Sudan’s political transition.