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19 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund


UNICEF sector leads in WASH, Education, Nutrition and Child Protection Working Group provided leadership in developing the 2015 Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Syria which will officially be launched in December 2014. The humanitarian response articulated in SRP is within the framework of the Whole of Syria approach, which is bringing together humanitarian actors working from inside Syria or neighbouring countries for the first time, aimed at increasing the overall effectiveness of the response.

18 Dec 2014 description

BERLIN – As part of the United Nations launch of the Syria Strategic Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience plan for 2015, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today in Berlin for close to US$1.5 billion in 2015 to feed over 6.5 million Syrians displaced inside their country and sheltering in neighbouring countries.

18 Dec 2014 description

The 2015 UNRWA appeal for the Syria regional crisis, published today, outlines the need for US$ 415.4 million to meet the minimum needs of Palestine refugees suffering profound hardship as a result of the conflict in Syria. The UNRWA appeal is also part of the two UN-wide appeals for Syria and the surrounding countries launched today in Berlin.

18 Dec 2014 description

Executive Summary

The Conflict

The conflict in Syria becomes ever more complex and deadly. All 12 Palestine refugee camps and all 560,000 registered Palestine refugees in the country have been profoundly affected. UNRWA has learned to adapt, to move as the conflict permits, and to innovate and find solutions that allow the Agency to continue to fulfil its mandate to assist Palestine refugees. However, violence is escalating, making movement and access more difficult and causing increasingly severe hardship.

18 Dec 2014 description

Response Plan


Lebanon is not a State Party to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and has not signed its 1967 Protocol. Lebanon implements some provisions of the Convention on a voluntary basis and considers that granting the refugee status to individuals lies within its margin of discretion.

The Government of Lebanon stresses on all occasions its longstanding position reaffirming that Lebanon is neither a country of asylum, nor a final destination for refugees, let alone a country of resettlement.

18 Dec 2014 description


The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) brings together the plans developed under the leadership of national authorities - namely, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Republic of Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Lebanese Republic, and the Republic of Turkey – to ensure protection, humanitarian assistance and strengthen resilience.

18 Dec 2014 description

December 2014

Prepared by the Humanitarian Country Team

SUMMARY Strategic objectives

  • Promote protection of and access to affected people in accordance with International law, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL).

  • Provide life-saving and life-sustaining humanitarian assistance to people in need, prioritizing the most vulnerable.

  • Strengthen resilience, livelihoods and early recovery through communities and institutions.

18 Dec 2014 description

Ministers, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for joining us for the launch of the 2015 Syria Strategic Response Plan, and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan. My particular thanks to Foreign Minister Steinmeier for hosting us and for his opening remarks. And thanks to Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller for his support.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries


· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Islamic Relief

Thousands of Syrian people have already been helped this winter with blankets, mattresses and plastic sheeting to keep out the cold.

Islamic Relief is running its Syria Winter Appeal to help support the hundreds of thousands of Syrian people living in camps as a result of conflict in their country.

Currently, nighttime temperatures average between 2-4C (35-39F), while heavy rain is seeping into their tents making it harder for them to keep dry and warm.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Trócaire

By Noelle Fitzpatrick, Trócaire's Syria Response Officer

The Arab Spring began four years ago, in December 2010.

It began in Tunisia but within weeks had spread to neighbouring countries throughout north Africa and the Middle East. It was the most widespread social movement the region had seen.

Within months protests had spread to Syria. Tragically, however, Syria would soon descend into a war which continues to this day.