YEMEN / UNDP STEINER VISIT

30-Jul-2019 00:03:51
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Achim Steiner, completed a five-day visit to Yemen where he traveled to Aden, Sana’a, and Hodeidah, to meet with communities, officials, and members of the United Nations family. UNDP
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STORY: YEMEN / UNDP STEINER VISIT
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SOURCE: UNDP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 25-29 JULY 2019, ADEN / HODEIDAH / SANA’A, YEMEN
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25 JULY 2019, ADEN, YEMEN

1. Wide shot, Aden Airport
2. Wide shot, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner’s arrival
3. Various shots, Steiner visiting the Military History Museum
4. Various shots, UNDP’s stone road paving project in Jabal Alfors, Sira Crater

27 JULY 2019, HODEIDAH, YEMEN

5. SOUNDBITE (English), Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator:
“I saw a kind of desperate resilience, but also a deep sadness, a nation that has essentially lost its ability to develop and indeed according to our latest estimates has lost twenty years of its development in these four years of conflict. People are hungry. People are suffering. Their institutions, their schools, their local administration have collapsed. And for many of them, life as they knew it simply has ceased to exist.”
5. Various shots, touring the Port of Hodeidah

26 JULY 2019, SANA’A, YEMEN

6. Various shots, Burj al Salam Hotel in the Old City of Sana’a
7. Various shots, Al Khansaa Girls School rehabilitation project
8. Various shots, urban community farming project

27 JULY 2019, HODEIDAH, YEMEN

9. SOUNDBITE (English), Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator:
“So much of what I have seen here in Yemen over these days is the human tragedy that falls out when war happens. Our work as the United Nations, the work of the international community, but above all the leaders here in Yemen and in the region, need to look at this for what it is: a human tragedy with enormous implications for generations to come if we do not stop this war and begin to rebuild the country.”

25 JULY 2019, ADEN, YEMEN

10. Various shots, market in Sira Crater
11. Various shots, water and sewage channel rehabilitation project
STORYLINE
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Achim Steiner, completed a five-day visit to Yemen where he traveled to Aden, Sana’a, and Hodeidah, to meet with communities, officials, and members of the United Nations family.

The objectives behind Steiner’s visit were to explore how development initiatives - alongside humanitarian support - can promote peace and to discuss how UNDP, together with its partners and the international community, can work with all Yemenis to lay the foundation for a future with viable alternatives to war and chaos.

UNDP has been operating in Yemen for over 43 years and works across the country to assist vulnerable Yemenis to meet their most urgent needs, help restore livelihoods, strengthen resilience and continue to partner with national institutions to provide vital services. Together with our national and international partners, 8 million workdays have been created and more than 3 million people have gained access to key services, such as healthcare, education, and markets.

After four years of violent conflict, Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. 80 percent of the population requires some form of humanitarian assistance. Fighting has killed or injured tens of thousands of civilians and displaced well over three million people.

According to Steiner, Yemen is “a nation that has essentially lost its ability to develop and indeed according to our latest estimates has lost twenty years of its development in these four years of conflict.” Progress on socio-economic indicators has been set back by over 20 years and war has brought the country’s economy to a halt.

Steiner remarked, “our work as the United Nations, the work of the international community, but above all the leaders here in Yemen and in the region, need to look at this for what it is: a human tragedy with enormous implications for generations to come if we do not stop this war and begin to rebuild the country.”

UNDP established a presence in the city of Hodeidah in February 2019 to support the office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and the UN Mission in Hodeidah to implement the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement. The port is critical in bringing life-saving humanitarian assistance and commercial imports to Yemen and is the future lifeline for development in the country.

The port’s management and rehabilitation are at the core of the implementation of the Stockholm agreement.

UNDP is committed to supporting the needed repairs at the port, to give an impetus to peace and lay the foundation for future development in Yemen.
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