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24 Apr 2015 description
report Amnesty

“HELLO, I AM STILL ALIVE!” – VOICES FROM YARMOUK

YARMOUK RESIDENTS DESCRIBE THEIR EXPERIENCES TO AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

The neighbourhood of Yarmouk in southern Damascus suffered another tragedy on 1 April when fighters of the socalled Islamic State (IS) invaded and took control of most of the area. Yarmouk had already been besieged by government forces for two years, causing desperate shortages of food and medical supplies.

24 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA continues to seek secure and unhindered access to Yarmouk itself and stands ready to expand the response in the case of further displacement from the area. The Director of UNRWA Affairs for Syria, Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, visited Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham today, meeting with displaced civilians, host communities and local leader.

UNRWA continued to deliver humanitarian assistance in these areas, providing water, jerry cans and equipment to establish high-capacity community kitchens. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.

22 Apr 2015 description
report UN Security Council
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I. Introduction

  1. This fourteenth report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Security Council resolution 2165 (2014) and paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2191 (2014), in which the Council requested 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.

22 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA continues to seek secure and unhindered access to Yarmouk itself and stands ready to expand the response in the case of further displacement from the area. UNRWA continued the humanitarian response today, providing water, health and emergency education assistance in Yalda. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.

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21 Apr 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11868

7430th Meeting* (AM)

Speakers Also Underline Urgency of Achieving Political Solution in Syria

The international community must do more to promote difficult compromises on the part of Israeli and Palestinian leaders in order to salvage the two-State solution to the Middle East conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council this morning.

21 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 April 2015

Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.

21 Apr 2015 description

The UK has allocated £378 million to help people affected by the conflict in Syria, including in opposition held and contested areas. £182 million of this has been allocated to partners delivering aid across international borders (cross-border aid). Up to 50% of all UK assistance inside Syria this year will be delivered as cross border aid, targeted towards the 4.8 million people in hard to reach areas (UNOCHA 01.03.2015) which the UN estimate could be reached across borders.

20 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA continues to seek secure and unhindered access to Yarmouk itself and stands ready to expand the response in the case of further displacement from the area. UNRWA successfully expanded the humanitarian response today, reaching the area of Beit Saham, a neighbouring area of Yarmouk, for the first time. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.

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19 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl expressed sincere appreciation to Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) Chief Executive Officer Anwar Ahmed Khan on March 17 for their recent contributions totaling US$ 3 million. These funds will help improve the lives of Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip in the wake of the 2014 summer conflict.

19 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA continues to seek secure and unhindered access to Yarmouk itself and stands ready to expand the response in the case of further displacement from the area. UNRWA significantly expanded its response operations today, reaching the area of Babila, a neighbouring area of Yarmouk, for the first time. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.

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17 Apr 2015 description

POP/1040

Commission on Population and Development, Forty-eighth Session,
7th Meeting (AM)
Economic and Social Council
Meetings Coverage

Island States Warn Natural Disasters Could ‘Undo Decades of Development in a Day’

The impact of conflict and natural disasters and the often resulting flows of refugees and displaced persons must be included when considering contemporary population trends and transitions and their integration into the new development agenda, the Commission on Population and Development heard today.

17 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA continues to seek secure and unhindered access to Yarmouk itself and stands ready to expand the response in the case of further displacement from the area. The UNRWA responsein surrounding areas continued today, 16 April 2015, with a fourth mission to Yalda, an area to the east of Yarmouk hosting dispalced Palestine refugees and Syrian civilians from Yarmouk. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.

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15 Apr 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.

15 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA continued its response to the Yarmouk crisis today, 15 April 2015, completing a third mission to Yalda, an area to the east of Yarmouk hosting dispalced Palestine refugees and Syrian civilians from Yarmouk. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east. UNRWA continues to seek secure and unhindered access to Yarmouk itself and stands ready to expand the response in the case of further displacement from the area.

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15 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl completed the third and final day of his mission to Syria today, 14 April 2015, in coordination with the Office of the UN Secretary-General. The visit was prompted by profound concerns for the safety and protection of some 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including 3,500 children, as Yarmouk remains under the control of armed groups, and as civilian lives continue to be threatened by the effects of the armed conflict in the area.

14 Apr 2015 description

Preface

Beginning in 2011, WHO underwent a restructuring of its emergency work to align it with the ongoing reform of the global humanitarian system led by the Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC). This report describes the emergency risk and crisis management work of the Organization in 2013 and 2014, in the wake of this restructuring, and provides examples of how its new policies and procedures guided the implementation of specific activities for risk management and emergency response.