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The impact of the crisis on the humanitarian situation in Yemen in closed consultations in the Security Council today

The Yemeni crisis is extremely complex, and there are multifaceted challenges posed by the peace process, the humanitarian situation, and the efforts of the international community to address escalating tensions and protect the rights and well-being of the Yemeni civilian population.

Closed consultations on the situation in Yemen are scheduled to take place in the Security Council today, January 16, with a focus on recent military strikes launched by the United Kingdom and the United States in response to Houthi attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea.

The potential impact on Yemen's peace process, humanitarian situation, and regional tensions will almost certainly be reiterated, with insight into the efforts of UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, to advance the political process and address the country's fragile humanitarian conditions, as well as the role of the Council. Security, the potential impact on peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts, and human rights protection are central themes in dealing with Yemen.

According to the Security Council Bulletin, the Yemeni crisis is extremely complex, with multifaceted challenges posed by the peace process, the humanitarian situation, and the international community's efforts to address escalating tensions and protect Yemeni civilians' rights and well-being. These critical issues are expected to be addressed during the upcoming closed consultations, with a particular emphasis on the political process, humanitarian impact, and the potential for further regional destabilization.

The crisis has the potential to have a significant impact on Yemen's peace process and humanitarian situation. The ongoing conflict, including recent military strikes by the UK and US in response to the Red Sea attacks, poses a threat to Yemen's fragile political process. This situation has the potential to reverse recent humanitarian gains in the country, according to Mohamed Khaled Khiari, Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific.

Yemen is heavily reliant on food and vital imports, and any further incidents or escalation of the crisis could exacerbate the country's already dire humanitarian situation. Attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea have also raised the cost of transporting essential goods, which could harm the global economy and humanitarian situation, including the Yemeni civilian population.

Furthermore, the crisis may heighten regional tensions, jeopardizing maritime trade routes and potentially worsening the situation for Yemeni civilians. The possibility of further escalation, as well as its impact on the peace process and the humanitarian situation in Yemen, are likely to be prominent issues in the Security Council's closed consultations.

Hans Grundberg, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, has been actively involved in addressing the crisis in Yemen. He was working on developing a United Nations road map for a joint Yemeni political process aimed at putting the parties' commitments into action. These commitments include implementing a nationwide ceasefire, improving living conditions in Yemen, and preparing for the resumption of an inclusive political process under UN auspices.

To advance the peace process, Grundberg has met with key stakeholders, including the Chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council of the Government of Yemen and the Houthi chief negotiator. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of protecting Yemeni civilians and preserving the gains made in peace efforts since the April 2022 truce. In Yemen's ongoing crisis, Grundberg's efforts demonstrate a commitment to facilitating dialogue and promoting stability.


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