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19 May 2017 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 17 May 2017

The European Union has again this week renewed its commitment to the right of every human to education, even in the most challenging of circumstances.

18 May 2017 description

The Observatory said that at least 34 people had been killed and that dozens had been injured

BEIRUT, May 18 (Reuters) - Islamic State attacked villages near the only useable road that links the government-controlled cities of Aleppo and Homs on Thursday, killing many residents, Syrian state media and a Britain-based war monitoring group said.

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18 May 2017 description

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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**Syria

18 May 2017 description

Earlier this week the Special Envoy informed the sides that he intended to establish a technical process to address constitutional and legal issues in the intra-Syrian talks. Having taken into account observations and moving beyond the initial discussions triggered by an internal UN paper, the Special Envoy is pleased to announce the start of the process of expert meetings between the Government delegation and the Office of the Special Envoy on issues and ideas on constitutional process, including consideration of living principles.

18 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).

KEY DISPLACEMENT STATISTICS (AS OF 9 MAY 2017)

  • 825,761 displacements recorded by the CCCM Cluster in the last 12 months from affected areas of northern and southern Syria:

18 May 2017 description

The quarterly dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends aecting people in need. The Basic Assistance Sector in Lebanon is working to: OUTCOME 1) Increase the ability of the socio-economically vulnerable population, including female headed households, to meet their basic survival needs; OUTCOME 2) Ensure that populations aected by seasonal hazards and emergencies are able to secure additional basic survival needs; OUTCOME 3) Support and capacitate the National Poverty Targeting Programme (NPTP).

18 May 2017 description

The quarterly dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends aecting people in need. The Protection Sector in Lebanon is working to: OUTCOME 1) Persons displaced from Syria have their basic rights respected and fullled, and enjoy access to justice and have a valid legal residency ;

18 May 2017 description
  • Entering its seventh year of conflict, Syria has triggered the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Internal displacements of population persist and the number of refugees has passed the 5-million mark as fighting continues in the country.

18 May 2017 description

FOREWORD

In the first quarter (Q1) of 2017, the situation remained highly unstable. Heavy military activities continued in some parts of the country, while other parts witnessed the reaching of reconciliation agreements. Living conditions remained dire, with around 80% of the population living under the poverty line.

Attacks on health care facilities in the country continued, with up to 37 confirmed reports of attacks that caused the deaths of 10 health workers.

18 May 2017 description

Six years into the war in Syria, more than 300 000 people have been tragically killed and more than 1.5 million people injured. As the violence continues, a staggering 30 000 people sustain war-related injuries every month.

17 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

17 May 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed that the European Union's contribution is absolutely essential for the United Nations, from support to peacekeeping to protecting human rights, solving conflicts, advancing the agenda for sustainable development and fighting climate change.

“A strong and united Europe is an absolutely fundamental pillar of a strong and effective United Nations,” Mr. Guterres told the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

17 May 2017 description

This is the first consolidated presentation of the reported results of CERF funding, covering a full year of CERF allocations. As such, it serves as a pilot and will inform future CERF results reporting. This report was compiled on the basis of information provided by Resident Coordinators/Humanitarian Coordinators (RC/ HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in 66 consolidated reports covering the results of more than 450 CERF-funded projects.

17 May 2017 description

Open letter from MSF International President Dr Joanne Liu to Health Ministers of G20 countries

17 May 2017 description

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached 500,000 and continues to rise. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine and clothes.

17 May 2017 description

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

April rainfall totals in Syria were largely above average to average compared to the long-term average (LTA) of 2001-2016. However, below average precipitation was observed in large areas of eastern and southern parts of Al-Hasakeh; parts of Rural Damascus, As-Sweida and Homs; and pockets of Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa, Idleb and Deir-ez-Zor governorates. Rainfall amounts were mostly near to below their levels the same month last year across all governorates apart from Quneitra and Tartous where precipitation totals were predominantly higher.