Syrian Crisis – United Nations Response

A Weekly Update from the   – UN Department of Public Information                               


No. 187, 1 March 2017

This update covers:

  • The International Independent Commission of Inquiry’s report denouncing the tactics used by the parties to the conflict as war crimes during the aerial campaign on Aleppo;
  • The  failure of the Security Council to pass a resolution on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and
  • The resumption of the intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva mediated by Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura.


No 186, 22 February 2017

This update covers:

  • Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura’s press conference ahead of the start of the intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva;
  • UN senior officials in Syria’s concerns about the fate of 5,000 people in Al Bab and their renewed call for immediate aid  access, and
  • Secretary-General’s emphasis on the need for a political, inclusive solution in Syria and Iraq in his remarks at the Munich Sceuirty Conference.


No 185, 15 February 2017

This update covers:

  • The announcement of the Intra-Syrian negotiations scheduled to start  in Geneva on 23 February;
  • The Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria’s call to all parties to allow aid access to four besieged towns, and
  • The Secretary-General’s visits toTurkey and Saudi Arabia during which he discussed the situation in Syria.


No.184, 8 February 2017

This update covers:

  • Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura’s concern at the lack of humanitarian access in Syria;
  • Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman’s briefing to the Security Council on the threat posed by Da’esh;
  • The UN’s response to the ongoing water crisis in Aleppo, and  
  • Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien’s visit to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

No. 183/ 1 February 2017

UN Secretary-General hopes the US will re-establish its refugee protection programme

In a press conference at UN Headquarters on 1 February, Secretary-General António Guterres, responding to a question regarding indefinite suspension of Syrian refugee resettlement, noted that the United States has been always in the forefront of resettlement and the Syrian refugees are those that, at the present moment, have the most dramatic needs in the world. “I strongly hope that the US will be able to re-establish its very solid refugee protection in resettlement, and I hope that the Syrians will not be excluded in that process.