Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, on Wednesday, announced $62.5 million in funding from Canada in 2022 as part of its continued response to the humanitarian needs of conflict-affected people in Yemen.
This came at the Virtual High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Situation in Yemen, convened by the UN, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The new funding will be provided to UN agencies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and other non-governmental organizations, according to a news release.
With Canada’s support, its humanitarian partners will provide life-saving food and support health care, clean water, and sanitation. In line with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada’s humanitarian assistance will also focus on the urgent needs of women and girls, who are disproportionately affected by the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
During the event, Minister Sajjan underscored that Canada is deeply concerned by the deteriorating food-security situation in Yemen and advocated for unimpeded access to humanitarian assistance, in accordance with international humanitarian law.
“Canada’s support in Yemen is driven by our desire to end a terrible situation that has caused the suffering of so many people—especially women and children, who bear the brunt of the crisis. The people of Yemen deserve long-lasting peace, and Canada continues to strongly support all efforts to achieve this,” he said.