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12 Feb 2017 description

executive summary

This mid-year progress report covers the period January through June 2016 and provides an update on results achieved as measured against the full range of indicators included in the Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal (EA) for 2016. An annual report covering the whole of the year will be issued in April 2017.

Overview

12 Feb 2017 description

Statement by UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness

This week, UNRWA became a partner of the ‘Call to Action on Protection from Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies’ which was a commitment made by the Agency during the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. This underlines our commitment to addressing a form of violence against women and girls which undermines their rights, dignity and human potential.

In response to the Call to Action 2016-2020 Road Map envisaged by the plan, UNRWA commits to take the following actions and report on them:

10 Feb 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.

10 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thousands flee as SARG forces regain control of eastern Aleppo city from opposition groups

  • Nationwide ceasefire commences on December 30, excludes ISIL and JFS

  • Clashes in Wadi Barada obstruct water access for up to 5 million people

  • UN releases 2017 HNO, identifies 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria

  • U.S.-backed SDF launch offensive to gain control of Ar Raqqah city from ISIL

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

08 Feb 2017 description
report European Commission
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Ninth Report on Relocation and Resettlement

European Commission - Press release

Relocation and Resettlement: Member States need to build on encouraging results

Brussels, 8 February 2017

Today, the Commission adopted its ninth progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 8 December 2016.

07 Feb 2017 description

The Government of Italy, through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), has contributed EUR 2.25 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s emergency operations in response to the ongoing Syria crisis.

07 Feb 2017 description

This 3-page map is a comprehensive overview of the humanitarian situation in Syria and Iraq as a result of conflict throughout 2016, and the years prior. Page 1 highlights humanitarian access and internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout Iraq and Syria, with a timeline of key events in 2016; page 2 includes 4 inset maps of major flashpoints of conflict and displacement in 2016; and page 3 is a comprehensive summary of displacement inside Iraq/Syria and all of the surrounding refugee-hosting nations (including Europe).

06 Feb 2017 description

After visiting Jordan and Lebanon, Priti Patel welcomed progress for Syrian refugees but warned that more intrenational help was needed.

05 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Today more than 75 per cent of people affected by humanitarian crises are women and children. And adolescents aged 10-19 years constitute a significant proportion of the population in many conflict and post-conflict settings.

In response to today’s humanitarian challenges, UNFPA continues to provide life-saving services to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and provide information, services and supplies for sexual and reproductive health as we work with partners to carry forward commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit.

03 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

BANGKOK, 3 February 2017 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today appeals to the Thai public for urgent donations to help save lives, and bring education, care and protection to millions of Syrian children who are suffering from the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

31 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 31 January 2017 – A life–saving service for vulnerable children caught up in crises is now available to government, aid agencies and social service workers through an open source app developed by UNICEF and its partners.

The app known as Primero, facilitates the secure collection, storage and sharing of data to improve child protection, incident monitoring and family reunification services by key players in the humanitarian sector.

31 Jan 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.

27 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • Syria: Over 800 IDPs and host community members have been involved in producing bricks which will be used to construct housing units to host vulnerable displaced families. In addition, IOM’s cross-border team in Turkey has provided over 21,000 individuals with essential non-food items including double blankets, carpets, hygiene kits, jerry cans, and kitchen sets.

27 Jan 2017 description

NRC interviewed 580 households representing over 3,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq and found that thousands of children lack basic identity and civil documents, impacting their ability to claim a range of rights and protections and endangering their access to education and other services if they choose to return to Syria.

26 Jan 2017 description
report Save the Children

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 4,863,684 have now fled Syria. More than 2.5 million of them fled in 2014 alone. During the course of 2014, an average of more than 98 people fled every day. In 2015 more than 1.1 million Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 7,130 per day. Children now make up 47.4% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,305,386 refugee children in the region.

24 Jan 2017 description

May I start by thanking Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Finnish Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, Kai Mykkänen. Excellencies, Ministers, esteemed colleagues, it is a pleasure to be here with you today to highlight the humanitarian and protection priorities inside Syria for this year. My thanks in particular go out to the Government of Finland for hosting this event, alongside the organising teams from UNDP, UNHCR and my own team at OCHA.

24 Jan 2017 description
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Helsinki, 24 January - United Nations agencies and NGO partners today appealed for US$4.63 billion in new funding to continue vital work in addressing the growing needs of refugees from Syria and communities hosting them in neighbouring countries.

The UN and more than 240 partners formally launched the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) for 2017 and 2018. The plan aims to assist over 4.7 million refugees from Syria and 4.4 million people hosting them in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

24 Jan 2017 description
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IOM Appeals for USD 234 Million to Help Displaced Syrians, Host Communities in Syria and Region

Switzerland - As the conflict in Syria continues, IOM is appealing for USD 234 million to continue to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance inside Syria and for Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. Throughout 2017, IOM will scale up critical protection, life-saving and early recovery operations to meet the needs of Syrians as they struggle to cope with the protracted crisis.

23 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In 2016, there were verified reports of over 2,300 grave violations against children by armed forces and groups throughout Syria. Of these, killing and maiming of children and recruitment and use of children were the most prevalent violations. The actual numbers are likely to be much higher.

23 Jan 2017 description
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UNHCR STEPS UP WINTER ASSISTANCE AS SNOW STORMS HIT SEVERAL PARTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST