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26 Nov 2015 description

Iraq faces a complex, and growing humanitarian crisis with at least 8.7 million Iraqis requiring humanitarian assistance. This includes about 3.2 million people who have fled their homes since January 2014. While people have dispersed to more than 3,500 different locations in the country, nearly 50 per cent are hosted in three governorates: Anbar, Baghdad and Dahuk. Over 440,000 people have returned to newly accessible areas, but have found widespread destruction and continue to require humanitarian support.

25 Nov 2015 description
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Amman, New York, 25 November 2015

This statement is attributable to Kevin Kennedy, Assistant-Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

21 Nov 2015 description


  • According to the Camp Management and Camp Coordination (CCCM) cluster, at least 131,394 people have been displaced in Aleppo, Hama and Idleb governorates from 05 October to 17 November.

  • At least two humanitarian organizations suspended activities and many agencies had to scale down or move their operations to other locations due to security concerns in southern rural Aleppo.

20 Nov 2015 description

Report commissioned by the IASC Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations

Steering Group as part of the Syria Coordinated Accountability and Lessons Learning Initiative

*Hugo Slim, Lorenzo Trombetta and Lewis Sida *


16 Nov 2015 description

Madam President,

I would like to begin my intervention by expressing my deepest condolences to those affected by the recent ISIL attacks in France and Lebanon.

Madam President,

The Syria crisis is a chronicle of missed opportunities by the Security Council, Member States with influence on the parties, and the broader international community to bring the conflict to an end. More than five years since the unrest in Syria began; parties to the conflict continue to commit unthinkable atrocities on a daily basis, plunging Syria and its citizens deeper into darkness.

16 Nov 2015 description

New York, 16 November 2015

We - the leaders of the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations - are increasingly concerned about the plight of the Syrian people.

We have been at the forefront of global efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to those displaced by the conflict.

The international community has a responsibility to help the 13.5 million vulnerable and displaced people inside Syria, and the 4.2 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and we must step up our efforts.

12 Nov 2015 description

In this issue
Cross-border Humanitarian Assistance P.1
Cluster Response Overview P.1
Humanitarian Pooled Fund P.6
Stories from the Field P.7

Cross-border Humanitarian Assistance Overview

12 Nov 2015 description

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.

10 Nov 2015 description

Helsinki, 10 November 2015

This is my first official visit to Finland as the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and I am delighted to have been received so warmly by Minister [for Foreign Trade and Development] Lenita Toivakka this morning.

The Minister and I have had a fruitful meeting and in the course of the day I will meet other Government officials as well as key humanitarian NGOs, and have an opportunity to address the Government’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

09 Nov 2015 description
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  • Heavy rains and widespread flooding has affected several thousands of displaced people in Baghdad and other parts of the country.

  • More than 2,400 people have been infected by cholera in Iraq. Vaccination campaign launched to complement ongoing response.

  • Humanitarian partners support displaced people to cope with colder weather.


# of people in need 8.7m

# of people targeted for assistance 5.6m

# of internally displaced persons (IDPs) 3.2m