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18 Dec 2014 description

December 2014

Prepared by the Humanitarian Country Team

SUMMARY Strategic objectives

  • Promote protection of and access to affected people in accordance with International law, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL).

  • Provide life-saving and life-sustaining humanitarian assistance to people in need, prioritizing the most vulnerable.

  • Strengthen resilience, livelihoods and early recovery through communities and institutions.

18 Dec 2014 description

Ministers, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for joining us for the launch of the 2015 Syria Strategic Response Plan, and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan. My particular thanks to Foreign Minister Steinmeier for hosting us and for his opening remarks. And thanks to Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller for his support.

18 Dec 2014 description
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Press Release - English version

BERLIN (18 December 2014) – As Syria’s war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting over US$8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015.

The appeal includes two main elements: support for over 12 million displaced and conflict-affected people inside Syria, and addressing the needs of the millions of Syrian refugees in the region and the countries and communities hosting them.

17 Dec 2014 description

(New York, 17 December 2014) I welcome the news that the Security Council has unanimously adopted resolution 2191, which renews resolution 2165, reaffirming their commitment to helping millions of Syrians in need of aid and protection.

Humanitarian organizations are committed to continuing to help people in desperate need despite the dangerous conditions we face. Syrians need a peaceful and stable future. I hope that a political solution will soon be found to end the crisis so that Syrians can face a future without fear.

16 Dec 2014 description

UN Security Council Resolution 2139

On 22 February 2014, the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2139 which, among other aspects demands all parties that allow rapid, safe and unhindered access by UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners to people in need. Humanitarian assistance is to be delivered through the most direct routes whether across borders or across conflict lines.

16 Dec 2014 description

UN Security Council Resolution 2165

On 14 July 2014, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2165 which, among other aspects, allows the UN and its implementing partners to use routes across conflict lines and the Turkey | Syria border crossings of Bab al-Salam and Bab al-Hawa to ensure that humanitarian assistance, including medical and surgical supplies, reaches people in need throughout Syria through the most direct routes.

15 Dec 2014 description

Mr. President,

My November briefing on the Syrian crisis focused on the constraints and challenges to humanitarian access across conflict lines inside Syria and across borders into Syria. In this month's briefing I would like to focus on issues related to the protection of civilians in Syria following the adoption of resolution 2139 in February this year.

09 Dec 2014 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

• Government of Jordan launches the 2015 Jordan Response Plan (JRP) on 4 December.

• World Food Programme forced to cut 85 per cent of its food distribution in Jordan in December.

• Over 24,400 families were assisted in 17 locations in southern Syria from Jordan, since UNSC resolution 2165 was passed.

• US$ 1.2 million pledged to the Jordan Emergency Response Fund.

JRP PLANNING FIGURES

Total 1.4 m

Registered Syrian refugees 650,000

Syrians residing in Jordan before March 2011 750,000

08 Dec 2014 description

The number of people affected by conflicts and natural disasters around the world has reached record levels.

Just a year ago, UN agencies and partners asked for $12.9 billion to assist 52 million people who we considered to be the most vulnerable and most in need of protection.

08 Dec 2014 description

Executive Summary

The gap between humanitarian needs and the resources available to meet them continues to grow.
This document sets out inter-agency appeals requesting $16.4 billion to assist 57.5 million people in 22 countries in 2015.

08 Dec 2014 description
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(Geneva, 8 December 2014): Humanitarian organizations aim to help at least 57.5 million of the most vulnerable people in the world with assistance in 2015 and require US$16.4 billion to do so. “Over 80 percent of those we intend to help are in countries mired in conflict where brutality and violence have had a devastating impact on their lives,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, as she launched the 2015 global humanitarian appeal.

08 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Armed opposition forces reportedly retook the Agop castle pushing government forces out of Handarat district.

  • Al-Nusra Front, Islamic Front and some FSA-affiliates sustained their offensive on Nubul and Zahra villages in Aleppo.

  • ISIL intensified its offensive in Ayn al-Arab city and continues fighting against GoS forces in Deir-ez-zor.

05 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Lebanon Crisis Response Plan finalized

• Lebanon’s Civil Society contributes to World Humanitarian Summit

• 517,000 children vaccinated against polio

• Winterization support kicks off

• GoL trained on information in emergency preparedness & response

‘Whole-of-Syria’: Humanitarian Needs

05 Dec 2014 description

World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policy-makers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.

The information presented covers two main areas: humanitarian needs and assistance in 2013, and humanitarian trends, challenges and opportunities.

04 Dec 2014 description

Highlights:

· 2015 Jordan Response Plan bridges humanitarian and development assistance.
· Stopping WFP food assistance would have drastic implications for the food security of Syrian refugees in Jordan.
· Jordan Emergency Response Fund is now established.

25 Nov 2014 description

Security Council Briefing on Syria
25 November 2014
As delivered

Mr. President,

Nine months ago this Council adopted resolution 2139 which sets out a comprehensive series of proposals to tackle the significant protection, access and humanitarian challenges facing civilians and humanitarian partners in Syria.