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26 Nov 2014 description

AMMAN– The United States government has confirmed a contribution of an additional US$125 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed millions of Syrians in need. Confirmation of the funding has arrived at the start of winter, when the need for food and other assistance becomes more urgent than ever.

26 Nov 2014 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 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.

25 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

25 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • Syria: IOM provided emergency Non-Food items (NFIs) for 19,560 displaced and affected individuals in cross-line and hard to reach areas in Rural Damascus and Al-Hasakeh governorates.

  • Jordan: Under the leadership of the MoH and in cooperation with WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR and partners, IOM supported the fourth national polio campaign 26 – 30 Oct 2014 through providing 16 cars and 3 buses to transport the MOH vaccination staff in Irbid, Mafraq, Zarqa, Karak Ma’an and Ajloun governorates.

25 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announces nearly $135 million in new humanitarian assistance, bringing total U.S. Government contribution to the Syria crisis to more than $3 billion.

  • Humanitarian actors continue providing cold weather-appropriate relief items to populations in need.

  • U.N. report details the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) violations, including restrictions on humanitarian access.

24 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

24 November 2014 – The plight of Palestine refugees from Syria in the Middle East is becoming increasingly grave caused by closed borders and a series of forced returns from neighbouring countries, Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said today.

24 Nov 2014 description

Water scarcity is an increasingly problematic issue in Lebanon, as a result of exceptionally low rainfall over the past year (50% drop recorded during the past winter) and a growing demand for water. The insisting need to responsibly manage water resources has become a priority to both the Ministry of Energy and Water and concerned humanitarian and developmental actors in Lebanon.

24 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· In Aleppo city, shortage of water supply is affecting at least 2 million people in the east and western parts. Reduction in the level of dams compounded with control of water supply by armed opposition groups is contributing to the current water crisis.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Save the Children

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 3,249,401 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 52.3% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,699,436 refugee children in the region.

23 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 The number of new arrivals from Syria to Jordan has significantly decreased since 25 September, with no entries through informal border crossings registered by UNHCR since 1 November. Between 3,000 and 4,000 Syrian refugees are reportedly camped at the berm near the border at Rukban and Hadalat in north-eastern Jordan. UNHCR continues to advocate with authorities for access to the territory.

23 Nov 2014 description

The Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF) mobilises and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the current situation in Syria and initiate life-saving humanitarian activities both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.
Since its inception in March 2012, the ERF has received $79 million. To date, the ERF has allocated $76 million for 211 projects in Syria, Iraq, Jordan,Lebanon and Egypt. The total ERF balance is $3.6 million. 10 Projects amounting to $5.4 million are currently under review.

22 Nov 2014 description

ABU DHABI, 21st November, 2014 (WAM)--The UAE Emirates Crescent Authority (ERC) has continued to offer relief aid to the displaced Syrians in Lebanon under the supervision of the UAE Embassy in Lebanon.

The ERC launched a new relief campaign at the Lebanese-Syrian border villages to coincide with the winter season in response to appeals for relief received by the Embassy from these areas, where 10,000 Syrian and Palestinian families who were displaced in the wake of recent violence in the region.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Oriol Andrés Gallart

BEIRUT, Nov 21 2014 (IPS) - Staring at the floor, Hassan, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee from Idlib in northwestern Syria, holds a set of identification papers in his hands. He picks out a small pink piece of paper with a few words on it stating that he must obtain a work contract, otherwise his residency visa will not be renewed.

Hassan (not his real name) has been given two months to find an employer willing to cough up for a work permit, something extremely unlikely to happen. After that, his presence in Lebanon will be deemed illegal.

20 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP food reaches 60,000 besieged civilians in Homs, Syria.

  • Food deliveries to Al Hasakeh through Nusaybin corridor underway for second consecutive month.

  • WFP supports Government of Lebanon's assistance to vulnerable Lebanese

  • WFP to expand assistance to non-camp refugees in Turkey.

  • Iraq’s Akre and Darashakran camps to transition to voucher assistance.

20 Nov 2014 description
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Introduction

2013 was a landmark year which saw the second UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) of the 68th Session of the General Assembly, which took place on the 3–4 October at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The HLD was marked by a significant evolution in the UN debate on migration and development, as evidenced by the Declaration adopted by consensus at its opening.