UN / YEMEN

17-Mar-2017 00:00:51
The United Kingdom’s Ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told reporters that to solve the “grave” humanitarian crisis in Yemen, “we need to find a political solution to the conflict.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 17 MARCH 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

17 MARCH 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, UK Ambassador Matthew Rycroft walks up to the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“The Security Council noted the grave humanitarian situation in Yemen and we agreed that, ultimately, to solve the humanitarian crisis we need to find a political solution to the conflict. The Council is fully supportive of the UN Special Envoy’s tireless efforts to find an end to this conflict and we encourage all parties to engage with him in pursuit of that political settlement. In the meantime, many parts of Yemen are already close to famine. This presents a huge challenge for the international community to confront and today we call on all parties to the conflict to allow humanitarian and commercial access, including through the crucial port of Hodeidah and to respect international humanitarian law.”
4. Pan right, Rycroft walks away
STORYLINE
The United Kingdom’s Ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told reporters today (17 Mar) that to solve the “grave” humanitarian crisis in Yemen, “we need to find a political solution to the conflict.”

Rycroft said the Council “is fully supportive of the UN Special Envoy’s tireless efforts to find an end to this conflict and we encourage all parties to engage with him in pursuit of that political settlement. In the meantime, many parts of Yemen are already close to famine.”

He called on all parties to the conflict “to allow humanitarian and commercial access, including through the crucial port of Hodeidah and to respect international humanitarian law.”

An estimated 17 million people in Yemen are hungry, according to analysis released this week by the United Nations and humanitarian partners, up more than 20 per cent in the past nine months.

The food insecurity is causing malnutrition rates to spike. Of the 2.2 million children suffering from acute malnutrition, more than 460,000 are severely and acutely malnourished, a categorization known as “SAM” in the humanitarian community.
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