UN / YEMEN UPDATE

08-Jul-2019 00:02:22
A UN spokesperson said, “as of today, the outbreak of cholera in Yemen has reached over 460,000 suspected cases this year, including approximately 200,000 children. This exceeds the 380,000 total suspected cases in all of 2018.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / YEMEN UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGAUGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

08 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“As of today, the outbreak of cholera in Yemen has reached over 460,000 suspected cases this year, including approximately 200,000 children. This exceeds the 380,000 total suspected cases in all of 2018. So far this year, 705 deaths have been recorded from suspected cholera – versus 75 deaths in the same period last year. Recent flash flooding has accelerated the spread of cholera across the country, which has also been exacerbated by poor maintenance of waste management systems and lack of access to clean water for drinking or irrigation.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“This year, the UN and partners are running nearly 1,200 cholera treatment facilities around the country. However, funding remains an urgent issue. The Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan requires $4.2 billion to deliver humanitarian assistance to more than 20 million people this year. As of today, only 32% of those requirements have been met.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“I believe the World Food Programme is in dialogue with the local authorities to see whether it can get the sort of access that it needs, and, as you know, one of their crucial concerns was to have a system of biometric identification so they can be sure that the food they are delivering goes to the people who need it and is not diverted. And so, it is trying to see if those concerns can be met and until that happens the suspension continues.”
8. Med shot, reporters
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“I can tell you that the UN Mission in Hudaydah has confirmed that no building actively operated by the UN has been used for any kind of military operations in Hudaydah. And the UN has been duly notified all relevant actors about what premises are utilized by the UN in Hudaydah and in other parts of Yemen. We call on all parties to respect and protect UN premises, property, and personnel. We reiterated the impartial, neutral and independent character of our operations. And of course we call on all parties to de-escalate and adhere to the ceasefire.”
10. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
A UN spokesperson said, “as of today, the outbreak of cholera in Yemen has reached over 460,000 suspected cases this year, including approximately 200,000 children. This exceeds the 380,000 total suspected cases in all of 2018.”

Speaking to reporters today (08 Jul) in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said, “so far this year, 705 deaths have been recorded from suspected cholera – versus 75 deaths in the same period last year.”

Haq added that the recent flash flooding has “accelerated the spread of cholera across the country, which has also been exacerbated by poor maintenance of waste management systems and lack of access to clean water for drinking or irrigation.”

He continued, “this year, the UN and partners are running nearly 1,200 cholera treatment facilities around the country. However, funding remains an urgent issue.”

According to the UN, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan requires $4.2 billion to deliver humanitarian assistance to more than 20 million people this year. As of today, only 32 per cent of those requirements have been met.

Asked about food delivery in Yemen, Haq answered, “I believe the World Food Programme is in dialogue with the local authorities to see whether it can get the sort of access that it needs, and one of their crucial concerns was to have a system of biometric identification so they can be sure that the food they are delivering goes to the people who need it and is not diverted,” adding that WFP is “trying to see if those concerns can be met and until that happens the suspension continues.”

The Deputy Spokesperson also noted that the UN Mission in Hudaydah has confirmed that “no building actively operated by the UN has been used for any kind of military operations in Hudaydah. And the UN has been duly notified all relevant actors about what premises are utilized by the UN in Hudaydah and in other parts of Yemen.”

Haq added, “we call on all parties to respect and protect UN premises, property, and personnel. We reiterated the impartial, neutral and independent character of our operations. And of course we call on all parties to de-escalate and adhere to the ceasefire.”
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