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Hi, this is Pip. Yesterday was an extremely busy day at the UN in Geneva, with world leaders, diplomats and aid bosses from around the world convening at the Palais des Nations for a number of high-level events.

The pledging conference for Yemen managed to raise around $1.2bn to provide humanitarian assistance for millions of Yemenis, with more donors expected to announce funds in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine took centre stage at the opening day of both the Human Rights Council and the Conference on Disarmament, where leaders lambasted Russia’s invasion and rights violations. In other news, an NGO has launched a centre to protect humanitarian operations from cyberattacks.

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Yemenis receive food aid amid a hunger crisis, in Sana'a, Yemen, 26 February 2023. (Keystone/EPA/Yahya Arhab)

UN raises $1.2 bn for Yemen aid as needs soar. The UN raised around $1.2 billion for aid to Yemen during a high-level pledging conference in Geneva yesterday, convened while humanitarian needs in the country continue to soar despite a current stalemate between the warring parties after eight years of conflict. Pledges fell short of the $4.3bn the UN asked for to help 17.3 million of the most vulnerable Yemenis, however emergency relief coordinator Martin Griffiths told the meeting he expected more funding to be announced in the coming days.

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