What is our budget and what is it spent on?
The budget for the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY) in 2020 is $18.4 million and the details are publicly available here: https://undocs.org/A/74/6(Sect.3)/Add.2.
How are we funded?
Member States fund OSESGY through contributions to the United Nations regular budget to which all Member States contribute. OSESGY, as with every UN special political mission, proposes an annual budget to the UN General Assembly. The budget proposal is debated and approved by consensus by the General Assembly (i.e., by all 193 Member States). The Secretary-General provides two financial reports of all the activities funded by the regular budget to the General Assembly. These reports indicate how funding is spent.
What activities does the 2020 budget support?
- Strengthened mediation efforts among the parties through negotiations, consultations and shuttle diplomacy to reach an agreement on interim security and political arrangements for a transitional period to end the conflict and to enable the resumption of a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people, including women and youth, for peaceful change and meaningful political, economic and social reform, as set out in the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism and the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference and relevant Security Council resolutions.
- Provision of further political and substantive technical support to the parties in their implementation of the Stockholm Agreement and further measures to build confidence among the parties and de -escalate the conflict.
- Preparatory work with a range of Yemeni, regional and international stakeholders for the resumption and completion of the political transition, including the Southern Question.
- Inclusive participation in the peace process by strengthening and adapting the role of the Women’s Advisory Group in consultations and negotiations and consolidating efforts to strengthen the participation of southern groups.
- Deepened relationships with Yemeni stakeholders in key economic and political hubs at the local level and strengthened outreach among influential Yemenis based outside the country.
- Deployment of an increased number of staff in Yemen, including enhanced capacity in Sana’a and Aden, with the Amman office continuing to serve as a hub for outreach to Yemeni stakeholders and the international community.