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
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.
01 Apr 2018 - Sana’a International Airport, 31 March 2018 - I just completed my first visit to Sana’a as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. This trip follows a visit to Riyadh where I met with the Government of Yemen. I am very pleased to have received such a warm welcome from so many Yemenis and I am very grateful to have met all of the key political leaders in Sana’a and Riyadh in the last few weeks.
19 Mar 2018 - We are aware of fake Twitter pages pretending to be the official page of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen.
We confirm that the only official Twitter page for the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen is @OSE_Yemen and the other pages are spreading inaccurate information.
Here are the official pages on digital media for the office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen.
16 Mar 2018 - 15 march 2018 - The UN Security council adopted today presidential statement #5 on Yemen, calling on all parties to the conflict to allow and facilitate the safe, rapid and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel to all affected governorates. It also expressed concern about the challenges facing Yemen’s economy.
27 Feb 2018 - Mr. President,
This is my last briefing to this Council before the end of my assignment as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen.
I began my assignment in April 2015, with Yemen already embroiled in a conflict that has gradually destroyed the economy, healthcare services, housing, roads and schools – everything that Yemenis need in order to live and prosper.
22 Jan 2018 - Amman 22 January 2018 - The United Envoy Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has informed the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez that he does not intend to continue in his position beyond the end of his current contract ending in February 2018.
21 Jan 2018 - The Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, concluded a four-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he met with the Yemeni President Mr. Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi as well as a number of Yemeni political and government figures.
2018 ‘terrifying’ for Yemenis but ultimately a ‘year for hope’, says UN Special Envoy
It has been a “terrifying” year for Yemenis but ultimately one of hope, as December talks in Sweden yielded a ceasefire around a key port city with the promise of further substantive consultations between the warring parties next month, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, told UN News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
Despite the “remarkable” recent progress, Yemen continues to suffer from a humanitarian crisis described by the UN as the worst in the world, together with fighting between Government and Houthi movement opposition forces across the country, said Martin Griffiths, who said “it’s still going to be a hard slog to make it work according to plan”.
Read the main highlights of the interview at UN News
Martin Griffiths: Track II efforts complement official negotiations, and lay the foundation for peace-building in Yemen
The Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, stressed the importance of ongoing Track II efforts, as complementary to official negotiations in Yemen, indicating that it is crucial to work on peace-building in Yemen, in parallel to official diplomatic efforts, known as Track I, to end the war. He added that “the real work in Yemen starts the day after we reach a political deal. We should all work to prepare for that day.