Donors pledge more than $6 billion to tackle Syria's crisis
Announcing the total pledge, EU Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic said that besides the grants, financial institutions and donors offered loans amounting to $7 billion. AdThe EU said it committed to €3.7 billion ($4.3 billion) for 2021 and beyond, with €1.12 billion ($1.31 billion) coming from the bloc's executive arm and €2.6 billion ($3 billion) from the 27 EU member states. Another $5.8 billion was requested for nearly 6 million Syrian refugees who fled their homeland. AdGerman Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pledged 1.738 billion euros ($2 billion) on Germany’s behalf Tuesday, an amount he described as the country's largest pledge in the last four years. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom cut its pledge to “at least" 205 million pounds ($281 million), compared to 300 million ($411.8 million) last year.
UN chief: Appeal for Yemen raises 'disappointing' $1.7B
Corruption allegations in Yemen aid operations were also a factor. “The shortfall in humanitarian aid will be measured in lives lost,” he said. Other major pledges came from Germany ($241 million), the United Arab Emirates ($230 million), the United Kingdom ($123.23 million) and the European Union ( $116.2 million). Wealthy countries, such as the U.S., Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, cut back drastically on aid to Yemen last year. Several speakers at the conference called for the Houthis to stop their offensive on the central province of Marib and their increasing cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia.
Aid groups warn U.S. terror designation "a worst-case scenario" for Yemen
A worst-case scenario"Yemen brings in almost all its food via commercial imports. Workers carry food aid distributed by the World Food Program at a warehouse in Sanaa, Yemen, April 21, 2020. WFP/Mohammed Awadh"Right now, this looks like a worst-case scenario for Yemen," Annabel Symington, WFP spokesperson for Yemen, told CBS News. We urge that the special measures mentioned by the U.S. government to maintain the flow of humanitarian aid to Yemen take this into consideration," she continued. Other humanitarian groups that provide aid in Yemen took a harder line on the new designation.cbsnews.com
Sesame and the IRC join forces to help Syrian refugee children
Correspondent Lesley Stahl meets children in a refugee campDavid Miliband: The humanitarian sector has prided itself on keeping people alive. In 2016, Sesame Workshop and the IRC had been strategizing about how they could collaborate to help refugee children when a new competition was announced. David Miliband: We defined the global problem we wanted to tackle was trauma, toxic stress among refugee children in the Middle East. Some of the most vulnerable refugee children are those whose families live outside the refugee camps, in what are called informal tented settlements. Which is why one goal of these visits is to help parents keep from passing it on to their young children.cbsnews.com
Members named to panel probing WHO's pandemic response
The panel's co-chairs, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, announced the 11 other members during a media briefing. Clark said she and Johnson Sirleaf chose the panel members independently and that WHO did not attempt to influence their choices. We must honor the more than 25.6 million people known to have contracted the disease and the 850,000 and counting who have died from COVID-19, Johnson Sirleaf said. The panel scheduled its first meeting for Sept. 17 and plans to meet every six weeks between then and April. To uncover how the global response to COVID-19 was managed, we may ask decision-makers what kept them up at night," Clark said.