Conflict in Yemen: A Vision for the Future

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(Not Edited) On occasion of the World Summit for Sustainable Development Goals Week the UNDP in collaboration with Economic Observatory for Studies & Consultancy organized an open discussion about the conflict in Yemen: A Vision for the future.

In his speech during the opening Prof. Yahya Almutawakel chairman of the Economic Observatory pointed out that the United Nations adopt a summit each year which focuses on the developmental nature of rights and freedoms, in civil society in Yemen it is difficult to talk about development in the existing situation and pointed out that dialogue is the basis for the solution of any conflict and reconstruction, and added our goal is peace-building.
The manager of the United Nations Development Program in Yemen, Mr. Abdo Seif pointed out that there is an annual assessment to reach the Millennium Development Goals and that Yemen did not achieve anything from the development goals, whether on policy or capacity level, after a global assessment it was noted that many countries have not achieved anything of the goals global development except some countries which has achieved very simple things, and others went even down and he continued by saying it's hard to take one objective and leave the others even at the level of the great powers they have to take all the goals as a package of integrated solutions. In addition, he pointing out that there are efforts by the United Nations for all countries to reach the goals and help the least developed countries.

The discussion Included two stages: the first stage talked about the current status of Yemen, at the beginning Mr. Nabil Al-Tairi spoke on "Effects of the Saudi Alliance War and Civil War", which explained how the public finances were all affected  and the rising of the  public debt and the high exchange rate, as well as the lack of the financial liquidity in addition to the damage of All economic and service sectors and the loss of jobs and added that the sectors most affected are the educational and health sectors.

After that, Dr. Abdulbari Doghaish occur in a speech titled "Political Perspective" he pointed out that it is necessary to establish the culture of acceptance of others by virtue of diversity in Yemen, noting that it is important to compromise and to accommodate the interests of the Yemenis, and he add that we must rely on the inside and not on the outside where it was noted that some parties flexes its muscles abroad to those at home. Warning that war in Yemen represent a tsunami wave the impact of its destruction cannot be measured except after the declining of the Wave.
In his speech on "Vision and Role of the Private Sector” Mr. Mohammed Kaflah confirmed that the private sector in Yemen significantly contributes to the alleviation of subsidized citizens and added that the private sector contributes to the state treasury a lot of funds, and noted the importance of what the private sector is facing under the current siege and destruction of its production facilities.
In his speech Mr. AbdulRahman Al-Olofi  talked about "Vision and Role of Civil Society" in which he talked about the Gulf initiative and the outputs of the National Dialogue Conference, as well as peace and partnership agreement in the framework of peace and national reconciliation project, which included a five-point reconciliation.nal reconciliation project, which included a five-point reconciliation.

At the second stage entitled: Peace-Building in Yemen – postwar, Dr. Taha Alfusail pointed out during his presentation which was titled "State-Building" that there are several factors that led to the failure of the state, including the imbalance in the Constitution of the Republic of Yemen and the failure of reforms agreements in addition to the donors and the lack of a national vision.
Followed by a presentation by Dr. Ali Saif about "Reconstruction" in which he said "there are more than 80% of citizens in need of humanitarian aid as well as more than three million displaced people", he added "we should take advantage of mistakes that occurred in the reconstruction of some countries programs” he also pointed out that we should look after the human dimension and the political dimension and added "the reconstruction program cannot be performed, whether socially or at the humanitarian level in the absence of political stability".

Finally Mrs. Eiman Sharian gave a presentation on "Social Peace" who said "throughout history, Yemen was  going through conflicts between religious and political currents which contributed at the damage of our social fabric and all those events led to the existence of hatreds between the fabric of Yemenis, these events have contributed in weakening the economy”, she also added "the peace agreement and the partnership did not bring anything new".
The presentations also included many various interventions which were expressed by the participants at the event notes.


  • Sep 20, 2016
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