6th July, 2017
The Human Security Centre (HSC) is the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Yemen, which acts as a forum for parliamentarians with an interest in the country. On 6 July 2017, we convened the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Yemen since the UK General Election of 2017, with the former Foreign Minister of Yemen among our panellists. Discussion topics included:
- The ongoing humanitarian crisis: including the UN appeal, access issues, and lessons to be learnt from the DEC Yemen Appeal.
- The diplomatic process: including the obstacles to a ceasefire, progress in negotiations amongst the belligerents and the role of the UN Security Council.
- Next steps for Yemen: including what response will be needed from the international community following a ceasefire for the economy, security and long-term development.
As if the political situation in that country was not already complicated enough, and the humanitarian situation was not already dire, recent months have seen Yemen suffer from the world’s worst cholera outbreak. Over 250,000 Yemenis have been affected and more than 1,500 have lost their lives.