Canada announces $62.5 million in funding as part of its continued response to humanitarian crisis in Yemen

News release

March 16, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada remains deeply concerned by the impact of the conflict in Yemen. Emergency relief needs to quickly be provided to those most affected by this humanitarian crisis, which is one of the worst in the world.

Today, at the Virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Situation in Yemen, convened by the UN, Sweden and Switzerland, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced $62.5 million in funding from Canada in 2022 as part of its continued response to the humanitarian needs of conflict-affected people in Yemen.

This new funding will be provided to UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations. With Canada’s support, its humanitarian partners will provide life-saving food and support health care, clean water and sanitation. In line with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada’s humanitarian assistance will also focus on the urgent needs of women and girls, who are disproportionately affected by the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

During the event, Minister Sajjan underscored that Canada is deeply concerned by the deteriorating food-security situation in Yemen and advocated for unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

Quotes

“Canada’s support in Yemen is driven by our desire to end a terrible situation that has caused the suffering of so many people—especially women and children, who bear the brunt of the crisis. The people of Yemen deserve long-lasting peace, and Canada continues to strongly support all efforts to achieve this.”

- Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

Quick facts

  • Since the start of the conflict in 2015, Canada has committed over $357 million in humanitarian funding to support food assistance, clean water and sanitation, shelter, protection and health care, including sexual and reproductive health services. This amount includes the funding announced today.

  • In addition to providing funding for humanitarian assistance, Canada has invested in peace and stability in Yemen. Since December 2018, Canada has provided over $22 million in peace and security assistance in Yemen to support the UN-led peace process.

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