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24 Apr 2017 description

The decision to leave home, family, friends, livelihoods, language and culture is a major undertaking, and yet over 3.6 million people have sought asylum in European Union countries since the start of 2013**, 44% of whom come from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Data on arrivals to Europe show that those who make the journey are predominantly adult men, while women, young children, and elderly people are often left behind, resulting in many separated families.

21 Apr 2017 description

GENEVA, 20th April, 2017 (WAM)-- The UAE-Jordanian Mrajeeb Al Fhood Camp for Syrian Refugees has won The Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects for the year 2016 in the field Empowerment and social integration of Refugees and internally displaced people.

This was announced by Nasser Al Qahtani, Executive Director of AGFUND at a press conference held in Geneva on Thursday.

20 Apr 2017 description

This document presents the basic needs approach that UNHCR is pursuing and expanding across operations when providing multi-purpose cash grants to refugees in collaboration with partners.

What is a Basic Needs Approach?

UNHCR defines the basic needs approach as a way to enable refugees, based on their socio-economic vulnerabilities, to meet their basic needs through means to survive and access to services. Anchored in a rights-based approach and delivered in partnership, it is an integral part of protection and solutions.

16 Apr 2017 description

As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.3 billion since 2012. This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.

07 Apr 2017 description
report UN General Assembly
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General Assembly
Seventy-first session Agenda item 49
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Summary

07 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN releases 2017 HRP, requests $3.4 billion to address humanitarian needs in Syria

  • Suspected chemical weapon attack kills approximately 100 in Idlib

  • UN inter-agency convoy reaches four besieged towns in Idlib and Rif Damascus, delivers critical relief for 60,000 people

  • SARG, AOGs agree to new reconciliation terms in Al Wa’er, prompting evacuation of opposition fighters and their families

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

07 Apr 2017 description

MR. GUTERRES PRAISEDTHE AGENCY’S “INDISPENSABLE ROLE” IN THE MIDDLE EAST

In a landmark report presented today, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. António Guterres, urges all member states actively to support and make the funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) "sustainable, predictable and sufficient".

06 Apr 2017 description

To enable more Syrian refugee children to go to school, and to provide more training places for young people and more jobs for adults – that is why Germany's Development Ministry is pledging 800 million euros at an international donor conference in Brussels. These funds are to be used to support Syria and its neighbouring countries in 2017.

06 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • Syria: In February, IOM’s mental health and psychosocial unit conducted an awarenessraising session in Tartous for 680 IDPs and host community members. In addition, IOM responded to shelter needs of 25,820 individuals by replacing worn-out tents and providing insulation materials to IDP families in Idleb.

05 Apr 2017 description

SG/SM/18485

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres' remarks to the opening plenary session of the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference, in Brussels today:

I thank the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, for hosting us in Brussels today, and our fellow co-chairs from Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar and the United Kingdom for organizing this important conference in support of Syria and the region. This is the fifth conference of its kind, and I thank Kuwait and the United Kingdom for successfully hosting its predecessors.

05 Apr 2017 description
report CARE

March 2017 marked six years of conflict in Syria. The Syrian government and its allies, as well as armed opposition groups, bear the primary and direct responsibility for the appalling reality that Syria’s civilians face on this grim anniversary. But they are not alone, the international communities’ collective failure to put an end to the conflict is unacceptable.

05 Apr 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

536,000 Children Out of School in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey

04 Apr 2017 description

The Prime Minister gives details of £1 billion in aid to go towards education, skills and jobs for Syrian refugees and their host countries.

The Prime Minister will today set out the details of a £1 billion jobs and education package to support the most vulnerable victims of the Syrian conflict.

The overseas development funding, an allocation of £840 million pledges made last year at the London Syria Conference along with £160 million of new money, will provide vital support for refugees and the countries hosting them across the region.

04 Apr 2017 description
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Brussels, 4 April 2017

The war in Syria, one of the worst humanitarian crises the world has faced since World War II, continues to have devastating and tragic consequences for its people. It is also having an increasingly destabilising impact on the wider region, through the displacement of people, the spread of terrorism, the exacerbation of political and sectarian differences.

04 Apr 2017 description

As the world’s leaders gather in Brussels on 4-5 April, the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria continues to unfold. More than six years into the conflict, the violence is unrelenting. As always, it is civilians who pay the highest price: almost 300,000 people have been killed and 1.5 million people injured, including thousands of women and children. Today, almost 13 million people inside Syria and 5 million refugees in neighbouring countries are in need of urgent health assistance.

04 Apr 2017 description
report World Vision

BRUSSELS, April 4, 2017 - Physical violence, child labour, early marriage and even war itself are now considered normal by many Syrian children. World leaders meeting in Brussels this week must ensure protection of civilians, especially the most vulnerable children, humanitarian access to all those in need and creating an enduring political solution to the conflict are prioritised, and that those present commit to concrete actions.