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Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos: Briefing to the Security Council on Syria [EN/AR]

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11 million people in Syria require urgent humanitarian assistance. Amos is calling for greater financial assistance and sustained pressure on all parties to ensure that they respect and implement resolutions 2139 and 2165.

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UN Humanitarian Chief Welcomes Qatar’s Generous Contribution to Humanitarian Funds Helping Syrians in Need

(New York, 29 September 2014) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, and His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, met today to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria and neighbouring countries.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq: Humanitarian Needs Overview, 25 September 2014

The Humanitarian Needs Overview document highlights the response priorities: protection of civilians, displacement, food security, essential services and conflict-sensitivity programming.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon - Access to Schools, 28 Aug 2014

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon - Urgency of basic and public infrastructure improvement per cadastral, 20 Aug 2014

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Syria: Emergency Response Fund (as of 1 September 2014) [EN/AR]

The Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF) mobilises and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the current situation in Syria and initiate life-saving humanitarian activities both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.

Since its inception in March 2012, the ERF has received $81 million. To date, the ERF has allocated $73 million for 209 projects in Syria, Iraq, Jordan,Lebanon and Egypt. The total ERF balance is $8 million. 11 Projects amounting to $6 million are currently under review. If approved, the ERF balance will stand at $2 million.

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Yemen + 1 other
Yemen: Monthly Humanitarian Update for Southern and Eastern Governorates (Aden, Abyan, Lahj, Hadramaut, Shabwah and Al Dhale’e) August 2014

Humanitarian Highlights

  • The Health Cluster on 9 August dispatched life-saving medical supplies and trauma kits to Sayun Hospital as a military campaign against insurgents got underway in Shibam and Al Qatn Districts in Hadramaut Al-Wadi.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).

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World + 7 others
Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

A new snapshot highlights armed conflict causing widespread displacement and increasing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan.

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Syrian Arab Republic: Nutrition assistance (1 Jan - 31 Jul 2014)

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Lebanon + 2 others
Humanitarian Bulletin Lebanon Issue 4 | 16 July - 31 August 2014 [EN/AR}

Highlights

• World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to humanitarian workers in Lebanon

• Fighting in Aarsal displaces Lebanese and refugees

• The ERF allocates US$4.5 to projects addressing water scarcity

• The HC travels to Europe to advocate for increased engagement in Lebanon

In this issue

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Iraq + 1 other
Joint Press Statement KRG – United Nations: Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) most affected by recent wave of violence with over 850,000 displaced Iraqis this year [EN/AR]

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A comprehensive count carried out jointly by the Kurdistan Region Government and UN indicates that some 850,000 Iraqis have been displaced since January 2014.

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Lebanon: Akkar Governorate Profile (as of 11 August 2014)

GENERAL OVERVIEW

North Lebanon, which previously constituted one governorate with seven districts was effectively split into two governorates in 2014, following an earlier administrative decision. Tripoli and five surrounding districts (T5) maintained the denomination of North Governorate, while the district of Akkar became a governorate with the same name. While certain institutions and positions were divided (e.g. the post of the governor), others remain joint for the two governorates (e.g. the North Lebanon Water Establishments).

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Lebanon: Tripoli Governorate Profile (as of 11 August 2014)

GENERAL OVERVIEW

North Lebanon, which previously constituted one governorate with seven districts, has been effectively split into two governorates in 2014, following an earlier administrative decision. Tripoli and five surrounding districts maintained the denomination of North Governorate, while the district of Akkar became a governorate with the same name. While certain institutions and positions were divided (e.g. the post of the governor), others remain joint for the two governorates (e.g. the North Lebanon Water Establishments).

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Lebanon: Beirut and Mount Lebanon Governorate Profile (as of 11 August 2014)

GENERAL OVERVIEW

The Governorates of Beirut (20 km²) and Mount Lebanon (1,984 km²) are the main urban areas of Lebanon. Mount Lebanon is divided into six districts: Baabda, Aley, Matn, Keserwan, Chouf and Jbeil.
Home of half of Lebanon’s population, Beirut and Mount Lebanon make up the center of the country’s most of social, economic, political and cultural activities. The majority of trade and industrial activities are also concentrated in the area.

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Lebanon: Bekaa Governorate Profile (as of 11 August 2014)

GENERAL OVERVIEW

HUMANITARIAN SITUATION

The Bekaa valley, with a lenght of 120 km and width of 16 km, represents 42% of Lebanon’s area. It is divided into three main areas. North Bekaa, composed of Baalbek and Hermel. Central Bekaa (Zahle) is considered the economic hub of Bekaa. It is also hosts the largest official border crossing, Masnaa. West Bekaa and Rachaya have a relatively greater sense of security than the rest of Bekaa.

POPULATION OVERVIEW

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Lebanon: South Governorate Profile (as of 11 August 2014)

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Southern Lebanon consists of two governorates: South Lebanon (Saida, Jezzine and Tyre) and El Nabatieh (El Nabatieh, Hasbaya, Marjaayoun and Bent Jbeil). The area was severely affected by the 2006 war. Whilst the influence of the central government is relatively weak in the South, the private sector and faith and political groups play an important role.

POPULATION OVERVIEW

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Assistant Secretary-General Kyung-wha Kang - Statement to the Security Council on Syria, New York, 28 August 2014

Access across borders resulted in broader coverage in hard-to-reach areas, but more needed to be done to ensure rapid, regular, safe, and unhindered access, a senior UN relief official told the Security Council today.

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Syrian Arab Republic Governorates Profiles June 2014

Summary

Humanitarian Situation

As the conflict enters its fourth year, a significant and rapid deterioration of humanitarian situation in Syria has been witnessed; The UN estimates that the number of people in need of assistance has grown to 10.8 million including 6.4 million internally displaced persons (of which 50% are children) mainly concentrated in the governorates of Aleppo, Rural Damascus and Idleb. Over 4.5 million people are living in hard-to-reach areas, in addition to 240,000 who are trapped in besieged areas.

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