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04 Mar 2015 description

The threatened expulsion of two UN humanitarian staff from Syria could have a major impact on the lives of thousands of people who depend on the support of humanitarian organizations to survive. By Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, OCHA’s Chief of Policy Development

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26 Feb 2015 description

As Delivered

On behalf of USG and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, I would like to deliver the following statement.

As Syria enters its fifth year of conflict, violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity. The indiscriminate use of explosive weapons in populated areas, by all parties, claimed more lives this month and displaced thousands. Government aerial bombardments, including the use of barrel bombs, and attacks by armed opposition groups have intensified in many areas - including Aleppo, Dar’a and Rural Damascus.

23 Feb 2015 description

This map shows operational presence as reported by Syrian NGOs and Local Charities. The reported organisations are delivering humanitarian assistance in one or more locations in the sub-district.

23 Feb 2015 description

This map shows operational presence as reported by Syrian NGOs and Local Charities. The reported organisations are delivering humanitarian assistance in one or more locations in the sub-district.

19 Feb 2015 description

MSNA LESSONS LEARNED INTRODUCTION

This document consolidates lessons learned on the Multi-Sector Needs Assessment that was conducted on behalf of the Humanitarian Liaison Group (HLG) in Syria in August and September 2014 including the findings of the Lesson Learned workshop conducted with all stakeholders of the MSNA in November 2014 under the auspices of the Syria Monitoring and Assessment Initiative (SAMI).

17 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • YPG advances in Ayn al- Arab against ISIL prompt few returns to the town but locals are in need of emergency assistance.

  • Clashes between Al-Nusra Front and Hazm Movement cease. Bab al-Hawa border crossing reopened.

  • During the reporting period, UN cross-border shipments under Security Council Resolution 2165/2191 reach 268,332 individuals in Aleppo, Idleb, Hama and Lattakia Governorates.

09 Feb 2015 description
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Highlights

• Humanitarian needs in Syria have increased at more than six times the rate of funding

• More than 2 million people in Syria provided with winter assistance

• Fewer people were reached via inter-agency convoys in 2014 compared to 2013

• Emergency Response Fund launched in Syria

Funding

Since the outset of the crisis, the humanitarian needs in Syria have increased at more than six times the rate of funding

04 Feb 2015 description

An estimate 2.2 million people have been displaced across Iraq since January 2014. Many fled their homes with very few possessions. In addition, 1.5 million Iraqis in host communities are in need of assistance due to the increased demand of IDPs for essential public services and livelihoods. Moreover, 1.3 million people who are not displaced or hosting families but are living in areas outside government control and under the poverty line are particularly vulnerable.

03 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Clashes broke out in western rural Aleppo hindering humanitarian access to the area.

  • Bab al-Hawa border crossing has been closed since 26 January 2015 due to a security incident.

  • YPG forces retook Ayn alArab city and a few surrounding villages.

  • UN cross-border shipments under the Security Council Resolution 2165/2191 reached 78,800 individuals in Aleppo, Idleb and Hama Governorates.

28 Jan 2015 description

As the brutal crisis in Syria enters into its fifth year, calls for the protection of civilians and improved humanitarian access continue to be ignored by all parties. In a briefing to the Security Council, delivered on behalf of Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Kyung-wha Kang highlighted a litany of failings by all sides and renewed the humanitarian community’s call for a political end to the conflict.

28 Jan 2015 description

Mr. President, Distinguished members of the Security Council,

On behalf of Ms. Valerie Amos, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, I have the honour to deliver the following statement.

26 Jan 2015 description
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UN Security Council Resolution 2165/ 2191

Through the unanimous adoption of resolution 2191 (2014), the UN Security Council decided that United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners could continue until 10 January 2016 with notification to the Syrian authorities, to use the border crossings at Bab al-Salam, Bab al-Hawa, Al Yarubiyah and Al-Ramtha in addition to those already in use as originally authorized by resolution 2165 (2014). It also renewed the mandate of the Monitoring Mechanism created by that resolution in order to ensure compliance.

23 Jan 2015 description

In January 2015, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$99.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief in 12 countries where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low. Some $77.5 million will go to six countries affected by the crisis in Syria. Another $14 million will support aid operations in three countries in the Great Lakes Region in Africa, where the long running conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to have disastrous effects.

23 Jan 2015 description

(New York, 23 January 2014) – The United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has allocated some US$100 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in Syria and 11 other countries where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low.