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30 Mar 2015 description

30 March 2015, Kuwait – The United Nations is using virtual reality (VR) to transport top decision-makers to a Syrian refugee camp at a major donor conference. Clouds Over Sidra is a VR experience designed to take viewers to the Za’atari camp in Jordan – home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. World leaders will follow a 12-year-old girl as she invites them into her new home, her makeshift classroom and to share a meal with her family. The goal is to connect donors with Syrians affected by the war and inspire leaders to make bold commitments.

30 Mar 2015 description

As delivered

Thank you all for being here today to stand in solidarity with the people of Syria. I thank the International Islamic Charitable Organization of Kuwait for hosting today’s event, and for your tireless efforts to support Syrian refugees, particularly at your refugee villages in Turkey and Jordan.

30 Mar 2015 description

The plight of Syrians will get worse unless we get access to people in need and invest in shoring up Syrian livelihoods and resilience

By:

Yacoub El Hillo, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria

Kevin Kennedy, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis

29 Mar 2015 description

At the Kuwait conference on Syria, UNRWA is asking for $415 million to support the 560,000 Palestine refugees registered in Syria. 95% of the Palestine refugees cannot meet their daily needs, with UNRWA more than ever a critical life-line. If we do not receive funds immediately at the Kuwait conference, the programme of cash assistance to nearly half a million people will halt in a matter of a few days.

27 Mar 2015 description
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WHO: Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

WHAT: Visit to the State of Kuwait

WHEN: 30-31 March 2015

WHERE: Bayan Palace, Kuwait City

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos is scheduled to participate in the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait on 31 March.

26 Mar 2015 description

Mr. President,

We are in the fifth year of a war in Syria characterized by breathtaking levels of savagery and it is just over one year since this Council adopted resolution 2139. The resolution demanded action by the parties to the conflict, to cease attacks against civilians and facilitate humanitarian access to those in need. We had all hoped that the resolution would compel the parties to reduce the violence and lead to a significant improvement in the situation of people in Syria.

By any measure, however, the situation in Syria has dramatically worsened.

18 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian leaders urge end to conflict as the crisis enters its fifth year

  • Despite advocacy, UN agencies and partners continue to face increasing access constraints including to besieged and hard to reach areas.

  • ISIL tightens restrictions on movement of people and goods in Der Ez Zor City.

  • ERF is nearly depleted – additional funding required

13 Mar 2015 description

Joint statement by:

- Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs - Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict - Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization - Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme - Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees - Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General, UNRWA - Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF - Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict

11 Mar 2015 description

(New York, 11 March 2015) – More than 200,000 people have been killed since the Syria crisis began in March 2011. The UN estimates that 12.2 million people need some form of humanitarian assistance, while more than 11 million have been forced to flee their homes.

10 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Political instability in Yemen has had little impact on aid efforts. Partners are able to implement programmes where needed, provided adequate resources are available.

  • The impact of recent political instability on humanitarian needs remains limited. Highest-need areas are mainly outside conflict zones.

  • The first voluntary assisted returns from Al Mazraq IDP camps to Sa’ada are scheduled to begin mid-March. Early recovery support has helped smooth returns in Abyan.