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Policy Paper: House of Commons Seminar: UN Strategy in Yemen

Earlier this year, the United Nations warned that the crisis in Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. International United Nations Watch held a seminar at the UK parlement to discuss the situation in Yemen and the UN role.

Earlier this year, the United Nations warned that the crisis in Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. An estimated 24 million people (80% of the population) are in need of protection and assistance. The number of people in acute need are at a staggering 27% higher than last year.

Then what is the nature of the UN’s strategy for handling the disaster in Yemen? International United Nations Watch held a public seminar in the House of Commons in collaboration with All Party Group for Yemen, which was hosted by MP Keith Vaz along with lawmakers, academics, and journalists to review and discuss this topic.

At the seminar, the speakers discussed the UN’s response to the food crisis, reviewed UN efforts to solve the political crisis, and placed the topic within the context of war crimes, justice, and accountability.

Chair: Keith Vaz MP – head of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Yemen

Speakers:

Helen Lackner – Research associate at the School for Oriental and African Studies

Gerry Simpson – Professor of Public and International Law at the London School of Economics

Maria Holt – Reader in Politics at the University of Westminster

Maya Garner – Spokesperson for International United Nations Watch

Mouna Hashem – International Evaluation Consultant & Researcher

The following is a policy paper of the House of Commons seminar, which includes what was said by speakers and audience. To download the 19-page policy paper, please click here.