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25 May 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH
DURING APRIL 2017

New women and girls safe spaces have opened cross border in both northern and southern Syria.

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC (FROM ALL CHANNELS)
283,612 reproductive health services delivered to Syrians
9,299 deliveries supported, including 3,395 C-section deliveries 63,948 family planning services
15,797 gender-based violence response services provided to Syrians 14,276 women accessed women safe spaces

25 May 2017 description

SG/SM/18537-SC/12842-HR/5362 Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council at the open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, in New York today:

Thank you for this opportunity to address the critical issue of protection of civilians in armed conflict.

25 May 2017 description

This is my 5th visit to Syria and each time I come, I see more suffering. Nearly half of the population has been displaced and all are exhausted by conflict. The humanitarian needs are enormous, and in parts of the country affected by ongoing fighting these needs are in fact rising sharply.

This is especially true in hard-to-reach places. The irregularity of help is exposing these populations to risks including poor nutrition, unclean water, or inadequate medical care.

25 May 2017 description
report Refugee Council

Today new statistics have been published showing a significant increase in the number of people seeking refuge in the UK having to wait longer than six months for a decision on their asylum application.

The figures show that at the end of March 2017, there were 8,879 asylum applications that hadn’t received an initial decision within six months — a 72% increase on twelve months before.

The Home Office has previously said that it aims to decide straightforward asylum applications within six months.

25 May 2017 description

Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching more than 680,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 18 inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, including one to Khan Elshih in which UNRWA and UN agencies reached 5,000 Palestine Refugees and 1,000 Syrian Nationals respectively. In addition, during 2017, 77 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 1,587.9 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.

25 May 2017 description

Today, Rama, a Palestine refugee from Syria, and her classmates from Palestine Martyrs School in Ein El Hilweh, Lebanon, met with children from Sweden’s Helsingborg International School as part of the UNRWA My Voice-My School classroom initiative.

The My Voice-My School project is an innovative programme that combines teacher development, student-centred learning, and information communication technology in the classroom with communication and advocacy.

25 May 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) On a recent visit to Turin, Italy, Father Pier Jabloyan, assistant pastor at the Salesian center in Aleppo, Syria, reported that violence continues in the city and services are sporadic, creating great challenges for the people. Oil remains scarce, which affects the transport, water and electricity supply service. The situation remains challenging, and hardships and suffering for the population continue.

24 May 2017 description

24 May 2017 – The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean convened a meeting for delegates of countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region as a side event at the Seventieth World Health Assembly. The meeting discussed the Sustainable Development Goals, polio eradication and emergencies.

Sustainable Development Goals

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • In April, WFP Jordan submitted the transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (t-ICSP) to headquarters for review. The t-ICSP for 2018 will bridge the gap until the Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023) is developed.

  • In support of the National School Feeding Programme, WFP supported over 338,600 schoolchildren aged between 5 to 12 years attending government schools in Jordanian communities. WFP is providing 80 g of fortified date bar per child for each day of attendance through the Directorates of Education.

24 May 2017 description

ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children.

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • The quantity and quality of food consumed by people in Mosul has deteriorated, according to WFP’s latest mobile assessment. This is due to conflict in western Mosul and lack of purchasing power in eastern Mosul.

  • Security and safe access to beneficiaries remains a key concern following attacks on WFP distributions in western Mosul at the end of April. WFP continues to monitor the security situation.

24 May 2017 description

This update provides a summary of recent displacement, along with developments from the UNHCR co-led Sector/Clusters of Protection, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI).

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

24 May 2017 description

23 May 2017 – The health situation in Ar-Raqqa governorate in north-east Syria continues to deteriorate, with more than 400 000 people in and around the governorate facing increasingly limited access to health services. All 4 national hospitals in the governorate are only partially functioning and facing shortages in health staff, medicines, electricity and safe water supplies.

24 May 2017 description
report Save the Children

According to UNHCR 5,052,283 have now fled Syria. More than 2.5 million of them fled in 2014 alone. During the course of 2014, an average of more than 98 people fled every day. In 2015 more than 1.1 million Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 7,130 per day. Children now make up 47.5% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,399,834 refugee children in the region.

OUR RESPONSE

24 May 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

374,064 Internally displaced Iraqis verified as being currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 2016

487,000 IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

13,125 family plots currently occupied out of 18,736 family plots (for some 106,000 people) in UNHCR built camps ready to receive IDPs displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas

24 May 2017 description

ROME – To mark the Holy Month of Ramadan this year, ShareTheMeal, the official app of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is launching two simultaneous fundraising campaigns -- one to help prevent famine in Yemen and another supporting Syrian refugee children and needy Lebanese children in Lebanon.

Ramadan is a time when families around the world share meals together. With ShareTheMeal, users have the opportunity to provide vital food and to help others share moments of joy and togetherness.