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Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos: Briefing to the Security Council on Syria

Madam President,

Seven months have passed since the adoption of resolution 2139, and two months since the adoption of resolution 2165 on the humanitarian situation in Syria. The resolutions aim to stop the relentless violence and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against Syria's people. They also seek to improve access to those in need.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Iraq + 5 others
Supporting Local Recovery Initiatives Through Micro-finance in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Somalia and Yemen

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Qatar Charity

The challenges facing those caught up in a seeming never-ending cycle of human-made and natural disasters seem endless. Oftentimes a growing reliance on external assistance leads to a form of 'dependency syndrome' which not only limits the effectiveness of recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the community but also stunts any lingering individual development initiatives of those trapped in this cycle.

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Syrian refugees: Inter-agency regional update, 29 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Some 160,000 Syrian refugees have crossed into southern Turkey since 19 September following an insurgency of the Islamic State in northern Syria.

  • Support is limited for the 84 per cent of refugees not living in established camps in Turkey. Systems are not in place to address shelter needs, identify the extremely vulnerable and provide protection or other basic services. The number of registered refugees is likely to be only part of the overall caseload, whose needs have not yet been fully assessed.

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Regional: RRP6 monthly update ‐ July 2014 - Food Security

Over 1.8 million refugees and vulnerable members of impacted communities are now receiving food assistance

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

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Jordan: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014: Health

August Highlights

A sub-national polio immunization campaign for hard-to-reach areas was successfully conducted in August. The total number of vaccinated Syrian children inside and outside the camps was 68,274. This includes 17,060 children in Zaatari, and 1,816 children in Azraq. In Zaatari, a rapid convenient assessment for the campaign estimated 98.1% coverage. A post-vaccination campaign coverage survey of 2,100 children was conducted by Royal Medical Services for out-of-camp population, including areas in Irbid, Ajloun and Jarash.

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Jordan: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014: Protection

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS

Safe Spaces: Both the CP and SGBV SWGs completed work on safe spaces in August 2014, with (i) the CP SWG completing the mapping of all CFS in Jordan and (ii) the SGBV SWG completing a policy paper on Safe Spaces for Women and Girls. Both documents are available on the Inter-Agency Information Sharing Portal.

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Jordan: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014 Education

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS

For country level:
School has officially started on 24 August 2104.

Back to school campaign:
The Back to School campaign was launched on 5 August, and volunteers will travel throughout the country until end September. The campaign has the message ‘’Education is My Future’’ and volunteers will raise awareness of enrolment through a door-to-door campaign, information materials, the support of religious and street leaders, and peer-to-peer educators.

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Jordan: RRP6 Monthly Update — August 2014: Non-Food Items (NFI)

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS

Winterization (Inter-sector approach): the outline of the interagency winterization efforts was shared with the group. The NFI WG endorsed the basic framework however based on analysis of data collected by different organisations last year the NFI WG members decided develop a targeting system to provide winterization assistance to the most in need. A task force including Cash WG members was created to design a winterization vulnerability scoring system based on the VAF approach, using data already available).

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Jordan: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014: WASH

WASH Highlights

WASH-Education joint sub-working group:

The WASH and Education sectors have established a joint sub-working group in order to identify areas of mutual collaboration, notably activities involving WASH in schools.

WASH in Zaatari camp:

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Jordan: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014: Shelter & Settlement

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS

Arrival of new Shelter Working Group chair: Mohamed Abdel-Al has joined UNHCR as Senior Shelter and Settlement Officer and chair of the Shelter Working Group. Mohamed has replaced Werner Schellenberg, and interim chair of the Shelter WG Nagendra Adhikari, who have both finished their missions in Jordan.

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Swiss budget for Syrians in desperate need increased by CHF 20 million

Bern, 23.09.2014 - To improve the desperate situation of people affected by the conflict in Syria, Switzerland’s Humanitarian Aid has increased its support measures both for people in Syria and the over three million refugees in the neighbouring states. Switzerland’s budget since the start of the Syrian crisis totals CHF 105 million.

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MICAD, IRC join forces to provide healthcare, education to refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan AND Jordan

The U.A.E. Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), yesterday signed two agreements with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), to provide healthcare, education and job opportunities to Syrian refugees in Jordan and the Kurdish Region of Iraq.

The Agreements were signed by Hazza Mohammad Falah Al Qahtani, the Under-Secretary of MICAD and David Miliband, President and CEO of the IRC on the side-lines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Iraq Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #7 - Fiscal Year 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) assesses several IDP locations in Erbil Governorate.

  • The Government of Iraq (GoI) continues national polio vaccination campaign, targeting an estimated 5.8 million children under the age of five.

  • Regional authorities and relief actors work to relocate IDPs from schools to prevent further academic year delays.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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A lifeline amidst Syria crisis

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Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief has released the latest figures from its emergency operations to assist those caught up in Syria’s brutal conflict.

The update on our work in August highlights the scale and depth of the protracted crisis, which has so far left 10.8 million people inside Syria in urgent need of humanitarian aid – and which has forced more than three million people to flee the war-torn country.

Life-saving aid inside Syria

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Humanitarian needs in Syria will continue to grow

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World Vision

23 September 2014 – As news breaks about airstrikes in Syria by the US and five Arab nations, World Vision warns the immediate humanitarian needs in the region will continue to grow.

World Vision is gravely concerned about the impact of the escalating Syrian crisis on a generation of children. More than half of those needing humanitarian assistance are children, with 1.5 million children having now fled Syria. Twice that number remain, many under direct threat of violence, says World Vision.