UN / YEMEN LOWCOCK

11-Jun-2018 00:01:16
The United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock reiterated today that Hodeidah port is “absolutely essential” for bringing the humanitarian assistance in Yemen and warned of “catastrophic” consequences if the port is not operated effectively for any period of time. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / YEMEN LOWCOCK
TRT: 01:39
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

11 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Lowcock walking to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Hodeidah is absolutely essential to the preserving of life. If for any period, Hodeidah were not to operate effectively, the consequence is, in humanitarian terms, would be catastrophic.”
4. Close up, journalist typing
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“90 per cent of the food and fuel and the medicines that are consumed in Yemen are imported, 70 per cent of them come through Hodeidah. Seven million people are completely relying every month on food and more than seven million on other assistance, from humanitarian organizations.”
6. Close up, journalist writing
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“The first is to ensure that all state holders work together to ensure Hodeidah and Salif port remain open and operational without interruption, so that we can ensure continues humanitarian relief at adequate levels of essential commercial imports as well.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council President walking to the podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“The members of the Security Council reiterated that only negotiated political settlement can bring the war to an end. And in this context supported the efforts undertaken by Special Envoy Griffiths and humanitarian personnel in the country.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council President leaving the podium
STORYLINE
The United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock reiterated today that Hodeidah port is “absolutely essential” for bringing the humanitarian assistance in Yemen and warned of “catastrophic” consequences if the port is not operated effectively for any period of time.

The Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock briefed the Security Council this morning in a closed-door consultations on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Asked about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, the Emergency Relief Coordinator told reporters “90 per cent of the food and fuel and the medicines that are consumed in Yemen are imported, 70 per cent of them come through Hodeidah. Seven million people are completely relying every month on food and more than seven million on other assistance, from humanitarian organizations.”

Lowcock also asked the support from the Security Council to ensure that “all state holders work together to ensure Hodeidah and Salif port remain open and operational without interruption, so that we can ensure continues humanitarian relief at adequate levels of essential commercial imports as well.”

Later on, the Security Council’s President of the month, Russian Ambassador Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia read a joint press statement by the Council reiterating that “only negotiated political settlement can bring the war to an end. And in this context supported the efforts undertaken by Special Envoy Griffiths and humanitarian personnel in the country.”
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