Syria

Syrian Crisis – United Nations Response

A Weekly Update from the   – UN Department of Public Information                               

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No. 208/02 August 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • UN’s concern for the safety and protection of civilians trapped inside Raqqa;
  • Medical and nutrition items being delivered to eastern Ghouta;
  • Briefing to the Security Council from Amman, Jordan, by the Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller, and 
  • Clooney Foundation for Justice partnering with UNICEF to open seven public schools for Syrian refugee children.

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No. 205/28 July 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • The start of the seventh round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva facilitated by Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura;
  • The aid deliveries to Raqqa governorate by UN agencies and partners through a newly opened road;
  • The Secretary-General’s statement welcoming the announcement by Jordan, Russia and the United States of a de-escalation zone in south west Syria, and
  • The head of the chemical weapons investigative panel speaking out against the politicized environment in which his team has to work.

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No. 204/28 June 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • The High Commissioner for Human Right Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein’s appeal to the parties fighting Da’esh in Ar-Raqqa to protect the civilians trapped in the city;
  • The Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura’s  briefing to the Security Council on latest diplomatic efforts regarding the “de-escalation” zones in Syria;
  • The delivery of much needed humanitarian aid by a UN inter-agency convoy in Rural  Homs.

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No. 203/21 June 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • The Secretary-General’s urgent appeal to all parties to the conflict to protect civilians and allow immediate humanitarian access;
  • The confirmation by WHO of new polio cases in Syria;
  • The appointment of a Syrian refugee as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and
  • The announcement by Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura  that the intra-Syrian talks will resume on 10 July in Geneva.

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No. 202/14 June 2017

  • This update covers, among others: 
    • The announcement by Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura that the next round of Intra-Syrian talks may take place in July in Geneva;
    • The Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro ‘s appeal to address human rights violations in abuses committed in Syria;
    • The delivery of much needed food assistance  to displaced families in Deir Ezzor and Raqqa;
    • Secretary-General’s statement in favour of UNRWA, and
    • UNICEF’s statement that Over 40,000 children are at risk in Raqqa.

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No. 200/31 May 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien’s warning to the Security Council of the worsening humanitarian conditions in Syria;
  • UNHCR’s appeal to Algeria and Morocco to allow access to dozens of stranded Syrian refugees at the border between the two countries, and
  • Secretary-General António Guterres’ condemnation of rising attacks on medical workers and facilities in Syria during a Security Council debate.

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No. 199/24 May 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • The UN Disarmament Chief’s briefing to the Security Council in which she said that the OPCW fact finding mission in Syria  had confirmed the use of sulfur mustard during an attack on civilians;
  • The conclusion of the sixth round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva;
  • WHO’s response to the deteriorating health situation in Raqqa;
  • Thousands of people being displaced from Raqqa, and \Delivery of aid to hard to reach areas in Rural Damascus.

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No. 198/17 May 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • The opening of the sixth round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva under the mediation of Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura;
  • Deputy Special Envoy Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy’s visit to Damascus ahead of the resumption of the Geneva negotiations;
  • UN’s concerns about the humanitarian situation of  hundreds of people displaced by flooding in the northern city of Raqqa;
  • The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons report confirming that mustard gas was used during an attack in Aleppo.

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No. 197/10 May 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • The announcement by  UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura that he will reconvene the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva on 16 May;
  • The Secretary-General’s statement welcoming an agreement reached in Kazakhstan between the three guarantor countries on a de-escalation of violence in key areas of Syria;
  • The delivery of much needed humanitarian aid to 30,000 people in Rural Damascus by an UN inter-agency convoy.

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No. 196/03 May 2017

This update covers, among others:

  • The UN Special Envoy for Syria voices concern over stepped up clashes in Syria;
  • The Visit to Lebanon and Syria by the new Head of the World Food Programme;
  • The Emergency Relief Coordinator’s briefing to the Security Council; and
  • The appointment of the new Head of the the independent panel to lead the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on the use of chemicals as weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic;

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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.