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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (364)

Ivana Bacik

Question:

364. Deputy Ivana Bacik asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the actions his Department will take to support the humanitarian effort in Yemen. [61866/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The situation in Yemen continues to be the world’s most severe humanitarian crisis. Seven years of conflict, accompanied by economic collapse and the breakdown of public institutions and services, have left over 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Ireland, along with all EU member states, fully supports the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, in his efforts to secure a nationwide ceasefire and the resumption of an inclusive Yemeni-led and Yemeni-owned political process.

As part of our role on the Security Council, Ireland is maintaining a very high level of engagement on Yemen with key parties in the region. I have engaged extensively with both the Government of Yemen and countries of the region this year to urge them to work constructively towards a sustainable peace.

Ireland also welcomes the Yemen Economic Framework proposed by the UN, and we will continue to encourage all parties to constructively engage with these proposals in response to catastrophic food insecurity and poverty in Yemen.

In 2021, in addition to the €5 million pledged earlier this year as Ireland's contribution to humanitarian situation in Yemen and recognising the scale of the challenge, this month Ireland contributed an additional €1 million to the humanitarian response. This latest contribution brings Irish Aid humanitarian funding to Yemen since the crisis began to over €34 million. Given the scale of the ongoing crisis, Ireland will continue to provide funding to help meet the needs of the people of Yemen in 2022.

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