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18 Dec 2014 description

BERLIN – As part of the United Nations launch of the Syria Strategic Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience plan for 2015, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today in Berlin for close to US$1.5 billion in 2015 to feed over 6.5 million Syrians displaced inside their country and sheltering in neighbouring countries.

18 Dec 2014 description

The 2015 UNRWA appeal for the Syria regional crisis, published today, outlines the need for US$ 415.4 million to meet the minimum needs of Palestine refugees suffering profound hardship as a result of the conflict in Syria. The UNRWA appeal is also part of the two UN-wide appeals for Syria and the surrounding countries launched today in Berlin.

18 Dec 2014 description

Executive Summary

The Conflict

The conflict in Syria becomes ever more complex and deadly. All 12 Palestine refugee camps and all 560,000 registered Palestine refugees in the country have been profoundly affected. UNRWA has learned to adapt, to move as the conflict permits, and to innovate and find solutions that allow the Agency to continue to fulfil its mandate to assist Palestine refugees. However, violence is escalating, making movement and access more difficult and causing increasingly severe hardship.

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
report Islamic Relief

Thousands of Syrian people have already been helped this winter with blankets, mattresses and plastic sheeting to keep out the cold.

Islamic Relief is running its Syria Winter Appeal to help support the hundreds of thousands of Syrian people living in camps as a result of conflict in their country.

Currently, nighttime temperatures average between 2-4C (35-39F), while heavy rain is seeping into their tents making it harder for them to keep dry and warm.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Trócaire

By Noelle Fitzpatrick, Trócaire's Syria Response Officer

The Arab Spring began four years ago, in December 2010.

It began in Tunisia but within weeks had spread to neighbouring countries throughout north Africa and the Middle East. It was the most widespread social movement the region had seen.

Within months protests had spread to Syria. Tragically, however, Syria would soon descend into a war which continues to this day.

18 Dec 2014 description

Pursuant to the order of the Russian Government a Russian Emergencies Ministry plane carrying humanitarian aid has took off today from Ramenskoye airport outside Moscow for the Syrian Arab Republic (Latakia).

The Il-76 will deliver over 25 tonnes of relief goods. There are tinned fish and meat, sugar and baby food.

On its way back to Moscow the plane is going to get aboard citizens who wanted to leave the area of armed conflict.

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-16

Amman, December 18, 2014: “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago.

18 Dec 2014 description
report ShelterBox

It’s been a busy 2014 for everyone connected with ShelterBox. This past year we have sent aid to 25 different disasters and throughout this holiday season we will be looking back at how these responses have made a difference to families in need as a direct result of the support of our donors.

One disaster, which we have continued to respond to throughout the year, is the ongoing conflict throughout Syria, Lebanon, the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Jordan.

18 Dec 2014 description
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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.

18 Dec 2014 description

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted Resolution 2191 in response to the appalling humanitarian situation in Syria. Australia, working with Jordan and Luxembourg, co-authored and co-led negotiations on the resolution, which will allow the UN to increase aid deliveries across borders and conflict lines.

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN Security Council


Affirming that despite severe challenges in Syria the United Nations and its partners were delivering life-saving aid there, the Security Council this morning renewed for twelve months its authorization for those actors to use routes across conflict lines as well as specified border crossings.

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.

17 Dec 2014 description


For 2015, this revised Emergency Appeal budget totals CHF 122m. With some CHF 76m of contributions received, the net multi-lateral needs amount to CHF 46m to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) to respond to the increased humanitarian needs on the ground by delivering assistance and support to 2.5m people (8m people during the total appeal time frame).

17 Dec 2014 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Wednesday 12/17/2014 - 17:25 GMT

The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

The discovery brings the number of Shaitat tribal members slain during the jihadists' summer advance in Deir Ezzor province near Iraq to more than 900, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Save the Children


According to UNHCR 3,323,031 have now fled Syria.
More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 53.3% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,727,976 refugee children in the region


17 Dec 2014 description

By decision of Development Minister Sirpa Paatero on 17 December, in the last distribution of funds for humanitarian assistance, Finland has granted 13.5 million euros to long-lasting and underfunded crises. The support is awarded to Finn Church Aid and UN organizations. The decision brings Finland’s humanitarian assistance this year to 105.7 million euros. This is a record-high amount for Finland, which indicates the extent of the world’s crises.