New York | January 12, 2022 – The Security Council convened today to discuss the latest developments in Yemen. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, and the Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Emergency Response, Rashem Rajasingham, as well as a representative of the civil society, the President of the Sheba Youth Foundation, Ola Al-Aghbary, briefed the Council.
News on the recent developments indicate further deterioration of the situation in Yemen, especially with the escalation of the war over the last month, with dire consequences on the country’s economy, civilian infrastructure, as well as for innocent civilians, especially women and children. Violence against women, hunger and disease continue to take lives.
The Council agreed on the need for a comprehensive process to bring the parties to the negotiating table, to end hostilities and start a peace process.
In his remarks, Ambassador Hoxha expressed Albania’s full support for the work of the Special Envoy, the desire to see tangible results as soon as possible by ending the fighting and engaging in a structured, sustainable and productive political process. He stressed the importance of ensuring the participation, substantial, full and equal of women in the political process and the solutions that emerge from it. Calling for a ceasefire, Ambassador Hoxha highlighted the need for immediate progress towards reconciliation, reunification and reconstruction of Yemen, in a political process that brings strong institutions based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, including rights for women and girls.