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06 Jun 2014 description
report European Commission

Summary: 4 June 2014, Brussels - G7 Leaders' Communiqué, June 2014 - Foreign Policy

Ukraine

  1. We welcome the successful conduct under difficult circumstances of the election in Ukraine on 25 May. The strong voter turnout underlined the determination of Ukraine's citizens to determine the future of their country. We welcome Petro Poroshenko as the President-elect of Ukraine and commend him for reaching out to all the people of Ukraine.

18 Feb 2014 description

Syria: Conflict continues in the country with further infighting reported between armed groups in Deir-ez-Zor, clashes between opposition and government forces in Idleb, and governmental bombardments on the governorates of Rif Dimashq, Dar’a and Aleppo. To date, over 2.4 million people have fled the country, and an estimated 6.5 million are internally displaced. Meanwhile, the latest round of Geneva II peace talks between Syrian Government representatives and opposition leaders came to an end with little progress being made.

01 Oct 2013 description

GENEVA, October 1 (UNHCR) – More people have been forced to flee from their homes by a string of displacement crises than at any time in nearly two decades, stretching the UN refugee agency's resources to the limit, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said on Tuesday.

António Guterres told the opening session of its governing Executive Committee's annual meeting that while UNHCR and its partners continue to help with major displacements from previous years, 2013 has brought massive fresh flows of refugees.

26 Sep 2013 description
report UN General Assembly

Speakers Deplore Syria Crisis, Warn against Neglecting Climate Impacts

GA/11425

Sixty-eighth General Assembly
Plenary
8th, 9th & 10th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

Deploring conflicts in Syria and elsewhere, world leaders highlighted the complementary relationship between peace and development today as the General Assembly entered the second day of its annual general debate.

20 Aug 2013 description

On Aug. 19, 2003, a cement mixer filled with explosives slammed into the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 17 people, including the top UN envoy to the country, Sergio Vieira de Mello. The tragedy underscored the persistent danger of humanitarian aid work in conflict zones, and prompted the UN to begin annually marking Aug. 19 as “World Humanitarian Day.”

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20 Jun 2013 description

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, by decision of Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala on 19 June, has granted a total of four million euros in humanitarian assistance to the Syrian crisis and the Sahel region.

The humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in Syria continues to be severe. Approximately 6.8 million people, about half of them children, are in need of humanitarian assistance. The number of refugees has reached about 1.64 million and about 4.25 million people are internally displaced.

19 Jun 2013 description

From WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

ROME – For over two years, the world has witnessed millions of Syrians fleeing their homes, escaping from violence in search of a safe haven. Many families have been forced to move more than once, bringing only what they can carry. The needs of conflict-affected Syrians are huge, almost too big to comprehend: by the end of the year, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) aims to provide food assistance to seven million people, most of whom are either internally displaced or taking refuge in neighbouring countries.

05 Jun 2013 description

The role of transparent resource management in conflict prevention, the situations in Mali and Somalia, and a debate on sexual violence in armed conflict would be among the Security Council’s top priorities in June, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom said at Headquarters today, briefing correspondents in his capacity as the 15-member body’s President for June.

27 May 2013 description

Geneva, 27 May 2013

Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,
Excellencies and colleagues,

It is, as ever, an honour to open this session of the Human Rights Council. I come to this task today in the hope that we will be able to spark tangible action to stop the escalating bloodshed and suffering in Syria, which after 26 months has become an intolerable affront to the human conscience.

24 Apr 2013 description
report European Union

Additional EU funding totalling €70 million to meet humanitarian needs in Syria, Mali, the Sahel region and Chad. was approved by the Budgets Committee on Wednesday.

Syria

Two years after the start of the conflict, violence is intensifying inside Syria and the UN estimates that more than 4 million people urgently need humanitarian aid. In neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, governments and humanitarian organisations face huge difficulties in meeting the refugees' most basic needs.

15 Apr 2013 description

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D, and the Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., today signed a three-year Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, in Dublin. The WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

The agreement sets out shared objectives in the area of humanitarian assistance, as well as committing Ireland to providing a minimum of €7 million a year to WFP for the next three years.

28 Mar 2013 description
report UN News Service

28 March 2013 – In September 2010, Valerie Amos took up her post at the helm of the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which is responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. From deploying rapid-response teams and working with partners to assess needs, take action, secure funds, and facilitate civil-military coordination, OCHA plays a key role in crisis situations worldwide.

22 Mar 2013 description

March 2013 | Olive Branch Post by Bruce 'Ossie' Oswald

Militias often fill the vacuum in conflicts or post-conflict situations where government law-and-order authorities are unwilling or unable to carry out their functions. Such a situation creates a fundamental dilemma: What should the relationship be between arguably legitimate authorities and the paramilitaries, and how can the connection be managed responsibly?

08 Mar 2013 description

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) have signed a historic three years partnership agreement with NRC, worth 993 million NOK. It supports NRC’s work for people displaced by war and conflict and will directly benefit approximately 800,000 people in 2013 alone.

It is the first time NRC has signed a global partnership agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad. The three years agreement will replace a dozen separate contracts.

28 Feb 2013 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Iraq 1

Mali 3

Syria 4

IED/Demining 6

In Brief: Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan 7

19 Feb 2013 description

U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome

http://usunrome.usmission.gov/main/

Media Availability with Nancy Lindborg, USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), on the Humanitarian Situations in the Sahel and Syria

13 Feb 2013 description

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Iraq 1

Mali 2

Syria 3

IED/Demining 4

06 Feb 2013 description

02/06/2013 10:27 GMT

by Taieb Mahjoub

CAIRO, Feb 6, 2013 (AFP) - Heads of state from across the Islamic world meet in Cairo Wednesday to tackle crises ranging from Syria's civil war to the battle against Islamist militants in Mali, with their sharp differences expected to be laid bare.

Syria will not be represented at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit even though much of the debate is expected to be focused on the conflict that has ravaged that country for almost 23 months, leaving tens of thousands dead.