Joint statement on Yemen - 73rd UN General Assembly

Only a political solution can bring the war to an end and reinstate peace in Yemen.

Humanitarian Crisis in Free Fall

After almost four years of conflict, and despite all efforts to halt displacement, hunger and disease, Yemen remains the worst humanitarian crisis on earth. The suffering inflicted on Yemeni people is entirely manmade and will continue to deteriorate rapidly on all fronts without actions to end the violence.

Together with 13 other NGO’s, ZOA urges the international community to step up to pressure all parties to the conflict to:

• Comply with their obligations under international law, and take immediate measures to prevent and end grave violations against children;

• Ensure humanitarian and commercial access of essential goods and services; and

• Engage all parties to the conflict to find a peaceful, sustainable and implementable political solution that involves women, children, youth, minority groups and civil society.

Only a political solution can bring the war to an end and reinstate peace in Yemen. All parties must immediately cease hostilities, agree to a comprehensive ceasefire, and cooperate in ‘good faith’ with UN Special Envoy Martin Griffith’s peace process.