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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.

10 Mar 2015 description
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SITUATION OVERVIEW

1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 2.1 billion. The largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 1.08 billion, followed by Iraq with US$ 851.6 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 32.9% funded with a 67.1% shortfall.

2 The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) jointly requested US$ 6.79 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.18 billion (17.3%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 5.62 billion (82.7%).

06 Mar 2015 description
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Dead Sea, Jordan, 6 March 2015. The World Humanitarian Summit regional consultation for the Middle East and North Africa was held at the Dead Sea, Jordan, from 3-5 March 2015. It was hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and co-chaired by the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

06 Mar 2015 description

(Beirut/New York, 5 March 2015): The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, completed her visit to Lebanon calling for continued international support to help maintain Lebanon’s stability. Ms.

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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