Press releases


    08 Aug 2018 - Amman, 8 August 2018 – The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, convened a consultative meeting of 22 public Yemeni figures and women activists, in the United Kingdom on 7 August 2018.
  • UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

    UN Special Envoy briefing the Security Council, 2 August 2018 @ UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe 

    02 Aug 2018 - Madam President, Members of this Council, We meet at an important time. It has been two years – two years - too long since the Yemeni people had the chance for a negotiated end to this war.  Today, therefore, as we meet we have the chance to weigh the opportunities for peace. And I hope to begin the difficult and uncertain journey away from war.  
  • OSESGY/Emmanuel Bargues

    04 Jul 2018 - Wednesday, 4 July 2018- Sana’a International Airport  I would like to thank my hosts in Sana’a for their warm reception over the last two days and during this critical time for Yemen. During this visit, I have held meetings with the leaders and representatives of Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress.
  • 29 Jun 2018 - “Events on the battlefield” are the main spoiler to the peace process in Yemen, but political negotiations are the top overall priority for resolving the conflict, according to the UN’s envoy for the country, speaking exclusively to UN News. Read the full story 
  • Giles Clarke / UNOCHA

    21 Jun 2018 - Amman 21 June 2018 - I will continue my consultations with all parties to avoid further military escalation in Hudaydah, which I fear would have severe political and humanitarian consequences. My priority now is to avoid a military confrontation in Hudaydah and to swiftly return to political negotiations.
  • 13 Jun 2018 - I am extremely concerned about the military developments in Hudaydah. Further military escalation will have serious consequences on the dire humanitarian situation in the country and will have an impact on my efforts to resume political negotiations to reach an inclusive political settlement to the conflict in Yemen. I cannot overemphasize that there is no military solution to the conflict.  
  • UNICEF @ Anees Mahyoob

    05 Jun 2018 - Sana’a International Airport, 5 June 2018 -  I am pleased to have visited Sana’a again. I had very productive meetings with senior leaders of Ansarallah and the General People’s Congress on my vision for the peace process which I will discuss with the Security Council later this month. I am encouraged by the reactions I received during this trip and during my meetings with the Government of Yemen and regional players over the last few weeks. 
  • @UNICEF/Mohammed Mahmoud

    15 May 2018 - The Special Envoy is making good progress towards the production of a framework for negotiations as promised in his briefing to the UN Security Council in April. He plans to put that to the council in the first half of June
  • UN Photo Manuel Elias 

    17 Apr 2018 - Mr. President, I took up my assignment as the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Yemen. It began on 11 March. I approached this with gratitude to the Secretary-General for his trust, and a sense of privilege that I might get the chance to do something to bring this great tragedy to a belated end. Privilege coupled, I hope, with due humility in the face of the complexity and urgency of the challenge. 
  • 03 Apr 2018 - 3 April 2018 Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,   Thank you all for being here today to show your solidarity with the women, men, girls and boys of Yemen. And I want to thank my co-chairs, the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland, for hosting this conference for the second year and for their continued humanitarian commitment. Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.