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26 Jul 2016 description
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Message from the Director

26 Jul 2016 description

Statement to the Third Preparatory Committee of Habitat 3, given by Hugo Slim, Head of Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

In an urbanizing world, armed conflict and violence are urbanizing too.

Cities like Aleppo and Fallujah are being destroyed. Their civilian populations are facing displacement, siege and impoverishment. In South Sudan, people in Juba, Wau, Bentiu and Leer are living in similarly desperate conditions.

26 Jul 2016 description


  • Lack of funding will force WFP to significantly reduce food assistance by 50-70 percent, affecting 89,000 people, three-quarters of whom are women and children.

  • In June, WFP assisted more than 481,500 food insecure non-refugees in Gaza and the West Bank through cash-based transfers and direct food assistance. Women and children accounted for 70 percent of those reached.

  • WFP continues upgrading its emergency preparedness response in coordination with other UN partners.

26 Jul 2016 description

The United States is contributing US$ 25 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to the Agency’s 2016 Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal. These funds will support UNRWA’s emergency operations in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. The announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a ceremony in Washington D.C., on 12 July, as part of the country’s humanitarian response to the Syria crisis.

25 Jul 2016 description
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I. Introduction

1. The present report is the twenty-ninth submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014), paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2191 (2014) and paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2258 (2015), in which the Council requests the Secretary-General to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

20 Jul 2016 description

Al-Bireh - 12/7/2016: PRCS’ teams provided relief aid to Palestinian families whose makeshift homes were demolished by Israeli occupation forces in Anata, a town to the West of occupied Jerusalem. Several makeshift homes housing seven families (40 persons) were demolished.

Upon arriving at the scene, PRCS’ Disaster Response Teams assessed damage and urgent needs to be covered through rapid interventions. They distributed nine tents as well as covers, jerrycans, hygiene kits and tarpaulin sheets to affected families.


19 Jul 2016 description

While the international community seeks a political solution to end the six-year conflict in Syria, the situation remains extremely difficult for Palestine refugees and Syrian civilians. Funding humanitarian aid and basic services is more critical than ever. In spite of the cessation of hostilities, which came into effect on 27 February, armed violence continues to affect vast swaths of Syria, where people survive under dreadful conditions. In the parts not directly affected by armed conflict, the wider impact of the war can be felt.

18 Jul 2016 description

In the early evening of 17 July, Yaser Mahmoud Shuaeeb, a driver for UNRWA in Aleppo, was struck by shrapnel fragments in his back as he was getting off a bus on Nile Street on his way home. The forty five year old subsequently succumbed to his wounds, bringing the death toll of UNRWA staff to 18. UNRWA sends its heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.

18 Jul 2016 description

Executive Summary

Alert 2016! Report on conflicts, human rights and peacebuilding is a yearbook providing an analysis of the state of the world in terms of conflict and peacebuilding from four perspectives: armed conflicts, socio-political crises, peace processes and gender, peace and security.

18 Jul 2016 description
  • 8 July 2016 marked two years since the commencement of the 2014 conflict in Gaza. As a reminder of the continuing dire situation, and in line with the two-year anniversary of the escalation of hostilities, UNRWA created an infographic fact sheet summarizing the impact of the 2014 hostilities and the Agency’s shelter response two years after the conflict.

17 Jul 2016 description

R2P Monitor is a bimonthly bulletin applying the Responsibility to Protect lens to populations at risk of mass atrocities around the world. Issue 28 looks at developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Burma/Myanmar, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan, Burundi, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Central African Republic.

13 Jul 2016 description


  • U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry announces nearly $439 million in new USG humanitarian funding for Syria and neighboring countries

  • UN convoys reach all 18 UN-designated besieged areas in Syria with emergency relief assistance

  • Syrian Democratic Forces offensive to retake Menbij town in Aleppo Governorate from ISIL displaces an estimated 47,000 people


13 Jul 2016 description

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 12, 2016

Secretary Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $439 million in additional lifesaving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria. This new funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to nearly $5.6 billion since the start of the crisis. This new announcement reflects the generosity of the American people and demonstrates U.S. commitment to helping address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent needs.

11 Jul 2016 description

Background and aims

In 2015, the Global Cluster for Early Recovery (GCER) sought to measure how well early recovery was integrated into each cluster, and in parallel, to advance understanding of the relative importance of early recovery principles and practices in humanitarian crises overall. In designing a methodology to undertake this analysis, two assumptions were made.

10 Jul 2016 description


Syrian Refugees: As the conflict in Syria reaches its sixth year, ongoing fighting continues to displace thousands of Syrians both within and outside of the country. As of May 31, 2016 UNHCR had registered a total 4,838,620 Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and North Africa since the conflict began. In the last month alone, 1,982 new individuals were registered (up 0.04%) since April 30, 2016. By mid-May the total figure had grown by 7,473 from April 30, 2016 to reach 4,844,111 individuals before dropping to the final end of May total.