UN / YEMEN

08-Nov-2017 00:02:15
The United Nations Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock, said that unless measures by the Saudi-led coalition, “closing air, sea, and land access to Yemen” are lifted, “there will be a famine in Yemen.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / YEMEN
TRT: 02:15
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

08 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Mark Lowcock walks up to the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“As you know, a number of measures have been introduced recently by the coalition, effectively closing air, sea, and land access to Yemen. I have told the Council that unless those measures are lifted, and five steps, that I am going to run through, are taken, there will be a famine in Yemen. It will not be like the famine that we saw in South Sudan earlier in the year where tens of thousands of people were affected. It will not be like the famine that cost 250,000 people their lives in Somalia in 2011. It will be the largest famine the world has seen in many decades, with millions of victims.”
4. Med shot, Lowcock
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“Firstly, an immediate resumption of the regular UN and other humanitarian partners’ air services to Sanaa and Aden. Second, a clear and immediate assurance that there will be no further disruption to these air services. Thirdly, immediate agreement to the prepositioning of the WFP, the World Food Programme, vessel in the waters off Aden and assurances that there will be no further disruption to the function that it performs. Fourth, an immediate resumption of humanitarian and commercial access to all the seaports, especially for food, fuel, medicines, and other essential supplies. And fifth, a scaling back of the interference with delays to or blockages of all vessels that passed inspection by the UN verification and inspection mechanism, so that they can proceed to port in Yemen as rapidly as possible.”
6. Zoom out, Lowcock leaves the podium
STORYLINE
The United Nations Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock, today (8 Nov) said that unless measures by the Saudi-led coalition, “closing air, sea, and land access to Yemen” are lifted, “there will be a famine in Yemen.” UNIFEED

Speaking to reporters after briefing the Security Council, Lowcock this would be “the largest famine the world has seen in many decades, with millions of victims.”

Lowcock listed five specific steps the coalition must take in order to avoid famine: “firstly, an immediate resumption of the regular UN and other humanitarian partners’ air services to Sanaa and Aden. Second, a clear and immediate assurance that there will be no further disruption to these air services. Thirdly, immediate agreement to the prepositioning of the WFP, the World Food Programme, vessel in the waters off Aden and assurances that there will be no further disruption to the function that it performs. Fourth, an immediate resumption of humanitarian and commercial access to all the seaports, especially for food, fuel, medicines, and other essential supplies. And fifth, a scaling back of the interference with delays to or blockages of all vessels that passed inspection by the UN verification and inspection mechanism, so that they can proceed to port in Yemen as rapidly as possible.”
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