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29 May 2015 description
report European Commission

Summary: 29 May 2015, Brussels - Syrian refugee crisis: EU Trust Fund launches first response programmes for €40 million, helping up to 400,000 people in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.

Today, the new EU regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, held its first board meeting and adopted European response programmes for € 40 million. It will provide aid to 400,000 Syrian refugees and host communities in need in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, focusing on education, livelihoods and food security targeting especially children and young people.

28 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


· UNICEF Syria participated this month in inter-agency cross-line convoys which provided humanitarian assistance to hard-to-reach locations delivering health, nutrition, WASH and education supplies to an estimated 125,575 beneficiaries.

· In Lebanon, UNICEF supported the enrolment of 67,490 Syrian refugee children and 11,600 vulnerable Lebanese children in formal public schools.

27 May 2015 description

Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.

26 May 2015 description

These dashboards reflect the humanitarian and resilience responses of more than 200 partners, including governments, UN Agencies, and NGOs, involved in the 3RP response in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Achievements are cumulative from the start of 2015, while targets are based on full funding of the 3RP and an expected 4.27 million refugees by end-2015.

26 May 2015 description

Almost 2,000 partner staff have been trained this year on Child Protection and Sexual & Gender Based Violence response


Capacity-building through the training of responders in various aspects of protection continues across the region.

21 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

Gordon Brown explains the importance of providing education for young people in crisis situations. Credit: UN News Centre

21 May 2015 – The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.

21 May 2015 description
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Rule of Law Global Programme Annual Report 2014

The rule of law lies at the centre of the relationship between society and the state. Measures to establish or strengthen the rule of law are the basis for creating accountability among people as well as between citizens and their governments. Since 2008, UNDP has been a leader in supporting the rule of law in countries affected by crisis through its Global Programme to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.

21 May 2015 description

UN delivering improved health services for over five million Palestinians according to new report

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, is delivering improved health services to millions of Palestine refugees across the Middle East because of root and branch reforms. These are the findings of a new report from UNRWA’s Health Department published today in Geneva. Indicators include a decrease in the average number of daily medical consultations per doctor, an increase in consultation times and decrease in antibiotics prescription rates.

20 May 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

19 May 2015 description

Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.

18 May 2015 description

Foreign Minister Steinmeier visited Lebanon and Jordan on 15 and 16 May. In addition to holding political talks with government representatives, the German Foreign Minister’s aim was to find out more about the difficult situation faced by Syrian refugees on the ground.

12 May 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

12 May 2015 description

Snapshot 6–12 May 2015

Iraq: Conflict has escalated in a number of locations. In Anbar, fighting has displaced more than 47,000 in Karmah district, and more than 133,000 around Ramadi. Clashes between Islamic State and government forces have intensified around Baiji oil refinery, in Salah al Din.

12 May 2015 description

The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.

Facts and figures

26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more on water and shelter.

9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.

12 May 2015 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Needs continue to grow across the region, despite border closures there are now almost 4 million Syrian refugees, including over 2 million children. UNICEF has urgent funding needs of US$ 112 million over the next quarter, of which US$ 57 million is for Syria.

11 May 2015 description

(New York, 7 May 2015) SRSG Zainab Hawa Bangura conducted her first scoping mission to the Middle East from 16 to 29 April 2015, visiting Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

Discussions with survivors and witnesses affirmed that sexual violence is being committed strategically, in a widespread and systematic manner, and with a high-degree of sophistication by most parties to the conflict. All parties in Syria and Iraq, both State and non-State actors, have an obligation under International Humanitarian Law to prevent and punish such crimes.

10 May 2015 description


3.9 million
Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries and North Africa
1.8 million
Refugees and vulnerable members of impacted communities received food assistance in 2015.
People assisted to access safe drinking water in 2015
People have benefited from shelter assistance in camp and non‐camp settings in 2015
1 million
People have benefited from the distribution of basic household and core relief items in 2015.

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