Syria

Syrian Crisis – United Nations Response

A Weekly Update from the   – UN Department of Public Information                               

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No. 195/26 April 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • Joint Statement by the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator and the Humanitarian Coordinator on recent air strikes affecting hospitals in Syria;
  • UN expresses concern for safety of people in Raqqa;
  • Evacuation of people to Idlib and delivery of humanitarian assistance to rural Homes, and
    Statement by UN Special Envoy for Syria  saying that all sides in Syria crisis felt the impact of the ‘horrific’ 15 April attack on evacuee convoy.

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No. 194/19 April 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • The renewed appeal by senior UN officials to the parties in the conflict for the safety and protection of civilians in Syria following a deadly attack on a convoy of evacuees near Idlib.
  • The call by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ for accountability and to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, and
  • OPCW saying that the allegation of chemical weapon attack near Idlib is credible.

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No. 193/12 April 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • The Secretary-General’s call for restraint following US airstrikes on a military base in Syria;
  • The UN’s call for humanitarian accesss to 400,000 besieged people in eastern Ghouta, and
  • Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura’s briefing to the Security Council on the latest round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.

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No. 191/29 March 2017

This update covers:

  • The UN concerns over reports of evacuation of civilians from four besieged towns;
  • The Secretary-General’s appeal to the parties to the conflict to end the violence in Syria as well as his visit of to Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp in Jordan;
  • WHO’s alarm at the deteriorating health situation in Eastern Ghouta and call for medical access, and
  • The start of the fifth round of UN-facilitated intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.