I am very happy to join you today to mark this important international day. Today, we recognise the work, dedication and sacrifices of aid workers and their contributions to helping people in need, sometimes in extremely challenging environments like the case of Yemen.
This day is about aid workers who are delivering aid to the needy populations in conflict areas, disasters-affected regions, and now at the forefront of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Indeed, Covid-19 has been the biggest challenge for humanitarian operations across the world and at all levels. But, with the dedication and commitment of aid workers, humanitarian aid is reaching the needy, despite all the challenges, thanks to those real-life heroes.
The EU and its Member States remain committed to supporting the humanitarian operations and humanitarian access in Yemen. The EU and Member States are among the top donors of the humanitarian operations in Yemen. Likewise, we continue to engage with all actors to ensure unhindered humanitarian access and that humanitarian aid workers can work safely and independently.
In July and August, the EU operated its largest humanitarian air bridge to Yemen, bringing 220 tons of medical and no-medical supplies to support the humanitarian operations in Yemen. Moreover, the EU allocated additional EURO 70 million in humanitarian aid to Yemen. This additional funding brought the total EU humanitarian aid to Yemen to EURO 553 since 2015.
Aid must be allowed to flow into the country and reach all those who need it and without any constrains.
The relation between humanitarian operators and the media is of particular importance. Raising awareness about the humanitarian situation through accurate, reliable information can help save lives and ensure fair access to available aid. Moreover, a reliable and conflict-sensitive media is essential to supporting the humanitarian efforts and the peace process in Yemen.
I wish you a very useful and lively discussions and concrete recommendations to improve the flow of humanitarian information in Yemen.