Yemen Govt. Oversees Preparation of Humanitarian Response Plan 2019

Yemen Govt. Oversees Preparation of Humanitarian Response Plan 2019

Monday, 22 October, 2018 - 10:15
A Saudi KSRelief aid shipment sent to Yemen. (Reuters)
Aden - Asharq Al-Awsat
The Yemeni Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, in partnership with the United Nations Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), kicked off on Sunday a workshop meant to address preparations for Yemen’s humanitarian response plan 2019 in Aden.

Yemeni government officials said state apparatuses will be overseeing all stages of the humanitarian response plan, and stressed the need to amend mistakes made in previous plans.

The two-day workshop witnessed the participation of 150 participants representing government agencies, local and international organizations and stakeholders. It aims to develop strategic pillars for the war-torn country’s humanitarian response plan.

Themes that dominated the workshop were core objectives to be tackled by the 2019 response plan and a general overview of what was achieved in 2018.

Humanitarian aid building blocks, such as migration, health, food and water security, accommodation, protection, employment, rehabilitation and hygiene, were also covered by the seminar.

Speakers had the chance to exchange opinions on the listing of humanitarian needs and the order in which relief missions are prioritized.

Water and Environment Minister Azzi Shareem said the government will maintain its function as chief supervisor and regulator of planning efforts spent on the 2019 program.

A team of experts will survey a number of sites and issues pertaining to relief works in an effort to carefully pinpoint problems and recommend solutions, he noted.

He stressed the importance of maintaining strong cooperation among state bodies and international organization in developing a transparent mechanism for relief operations.

Locality-specific aid is a vital factor in making any humanitarian effort successful, he explained when addressing development needs in different Yemeni villages.

Planning and International Cooperation Minister Nizar Basshib said that state ministries will work closely with missions sent by international groups, such as UN OCHA, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center and the Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates.

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