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24 Jan 2017 description
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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.

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

The Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency Pierre Krähenbühl, will tell an international conference later today in Helsinki that “the world should not forget some 560,000 Palestine refugees from whose lives have been impacted by the deepening conflict in Syria”. The conference has been called to launch the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) in response to the Syria crisis.

23 Jan 2017 description
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Beirut, Lebanon

UNV has had a longstanding presence in Syria and has maintained its representation in Damascus, although it has had to halt the deployment of UN Volunteers to the country for security reasons. Instead, UNV has focused its response on supporting a marginalized segment of refugees who fled the conflict: Palestinian refugees, now twice displaced from Syria to Lebanon.

23 Jan 2017 description
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  • 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

Country-Based Pooled Funds (CBPFs) enable humanitarian partners operating in countries affected by natural disasters and armed conflict to deliver timely and effective life-saving assistance to people who need it most. They allow Governments and private donors to pool their contributions to support specific emergencies.

HOW CBPFs WORK

23 Jan 2017 description

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  • As WFP transitions to a new Regional Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) to address the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, funding for basic food assistance through cashbased transfers is currently only secured until mid-February.

23 Jan 2017 description

BERLIN – Germany’s support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reached an all-time record in 2016 of €791.5 million.

Of this amount, the largest single contribution ever to a WFP operation – €570 million – went to Syria and neighbouring countries, helping to restore food assistance to nearly six million of the most vulnerable people in this region last year.

In addition, the German Government boosted WFP preparedness, resilience, nutrition and innovation programmes through increased multi-year investments.

23 Jan 2017 description
report UN Volunteers

UNV has had a longstanding presence in Syria and has maintained its representation in Damascus, although it has had to halt the deployment of UN Volunteers to the country for security reasons. Instead, UNV has focused its response on supporting a marginalized segment of refugees who fled the conflict: Palestinian refugees, now twice displaced from Syria to Lebanon.

23 Jan 2017 description
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#ImagineaSchool video and photos released as discussions on humanitarian aid for Syria start

BEIRUT, 23 January 2017 – A new interactive documentary providing an intimate look into the lives of Syrian school-aged children living as refugees in Lebanon was launched by UNICEF today. #ImagineaSchool provides a first-hand account of the challenges Syrian refugees face in their struggle to access education.

23 Jan 2017 description

UNHCR STEPS UP WINTER ASSISTANCE AS SNOW STORMS HIT SEVERAL PARTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST

22 Jan 2017 description
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A new version of the Sphere Training Package customised to the Syria response is available for download in Arabic from the Sphere website.

This new version of the Sphere training pack was developed by the Sphere community to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian staff working in and around Syria. It seeks to help them professionalise and improve the effectiveness, quality and accountability of the response.

The training package includes the following modules:

21 Jan 2017 description

Earlier today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) hosted a ceremony at the Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture in Beirut to honour 112 young Palestine refugee graduates and awardees of university scholarships funded by the European Union (EU) in Lebanon.

20 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Thursday, 19 January 2017 18:09 GMT

The pillars of Lebanon's economy - remittances from overseas workers, tourism and real estate - have been damaged by the war in Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Lebanon's prime minister called on Thursday for "adequate and substantial" foreign investments worth nearly $10 billion to address the Syrian refugee crisis and upgrade the country's crumbling infrastructure.

20 Jan 2017 description

Urbanising regions in drylands often face environmental problems – particularly water stress. When people in these areas are also responding to other crises, such as conflict or refugee flows, it becomes difficult for them to implement long-term solutions. IIED is looking at ways to strengthen resilience in crisis-hit dryland regions, focusing initially on environmental challenges in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and the arid lands of Kenya.

20 Jan 2017 description

Refugees face similar challenges across Syria’s neighbouring countries

Refugees face similar challenges across Syria’s neighbouring countries, a new report by a coalition of 28 NGOs has found, warning that long-term efforts are still needed by the international community and host governments.

19 Jan 2017 description

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Tripoli, Lebanon’s second-largest city, was for several years the scene of recurrent outbreaks of violence between the marginalized neighborhoods of Bab el-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.