Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks, delivered by Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, at the General Assembly meeting on Global Awareness of the Tragedies of Irregular Migrants in the Mediterranean Basin with Specific Emphasis on Syrian Asylum Seekers, in New York today:
During 2016, refugees from Syria in the region and communities hosting them continued to require protection and assistance, with complex and evolving needs.
By Sara Owens
On Tuesday, February 7, the International Committee of the Red Cross saw its most devastating loss of life in two decades. While delivering critical aid in northern Afghanistan, six ICRC staff members were shot and killed by unknown armed men. Two are still unaccounted for.
ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said of the attack, “It seems impossible…"
Scenario 1: Continued restricted migration
After visiting Jordan and Lebanon, Priti Patel welcomed progress for Syrian refugees but warned that more intrenational help was needed.
A new digital platform designed to link Syrian refugees with potential employers worldwide was launched, according to the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), helping refugees overcome barriers such as language and lack of connections in local job markets.
The platforms allow employers worldwide to advertise jobs to target Syrian refugees who can register with the platform with their resumes, and cover letter. The platforms users can also apply to jobs worldwide and compete in the recruitment process.
The ILO’s Regional Director for Arab States Ruba Jaradat participated in a high-level panel on jobs and economic opportunities during the Helsinki Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region from 23-24 January, at which the UN appealed for over $4.6 billion to help Syrians and host communities.
BERLIN – Germany’s support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reached an all-time record in 2016 of €791.5 million.
Of this amount, the largest single contribution ever to a WFP operation – €570 million – went to Syria and neighbouring countries, helping to restore food assistance to nearly six million of the most vulnerable people in this region last year.
In addition, the German Government boosted WFP preparedness, resilience, nutrition and innovation programmes through increased multi-year investments.
Fatima and Zahed escaped Syria to Turkey in the fall of 2014, after war destroyed their homes in Kobane, Syria. Zahed, 34, had been a primary school teacher in Kobane. Fatima, 28, was also interested in teaching. “I was in my first year at the University of Aleppo, and working part-time in a school.” The war interrupted her plans.
IN 2016, HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE PLANS (HRPs) in the MENA region requested US$7 billion and have received $4 billion. In total, MENA HRPs are 56 per cent funded. Three new FLASH APPEALS address specific situations: in Iraq where the humanitarian impact of the Mosul operation requires $284 million; in Afghanistan where $152 million is needed to assist returnees from Pakistan; and in Libya where $10 million is needed for Sirt.
Less than 3% of 5 million Syrian refugees resettled in rich countries: Oxfam
Less than three per cent of nearly five million refugees living in Syria’s neighbouring states have been resettled in rich countries according to a report published today by Oxfam. The UK has resettled just 18 per cent of its fair share of Syrian refugees when compared to the size of the country’s economy.
1 Executive summary
Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, 11 million people have been internally displaced or have fled to neighboring states. This has put an incredible strain on the hosting societies, particularly in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. The international community has dispatched more than $17 billion in funding to Syria Response Plans, 300 organizations have implemented projects, and thousands of people have been activated to assist both host communities and refugees themselves to cope with the circumstances.
New tools to understand statelessness in the Syria refugee context
What factors are complicating access to Syrian nationality and why is this a problem? Which children are most at risk of becoming stateless? What is the situation of refugees from Syria who were already stateless, prior to the conflict, and remain so in exile? How is the regional refugee response addressing these questions? What more could be done to mitigate the impact of statelessness on the refugees from Syria and protect the right of refugee children to Syrian nationality?
IN 2016, HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE PLANS (HRPs) in the MENA region requested US$7 billion and have received $2.6 billion. In total, MENA HRPs are 38 per cent funded. Three new FLASH APPEALS address specific situations: in Iraq where the humanitarian impact of the Mosul operation requires $284 million; in Afghanistan where $152 million is needed to assist returnees from Pakistan; and in Libya where $10 million is needed for Sirt.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIRD COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 46TH MEETING (PM)
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met this afternoon to introduce seven draft resolutions, including on tackling the human rights situations in Syria and Iran, as well as on measures to eliminate female genital mutilation.
1. Key points
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$1.94 billion of humanitarian assistance to Syria in 2016.
62% was channelled through the 2016 UN-coordinated Syria Humanitarian Response Plan.
The US is the largest donor in 2016 with commitments/contributions of US$521 million.
Lessons for Impending Battles in Iraq and Syria
(Beirut) – Homemade landmines have killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, in Manbij, a city in northern Syria. The antipersonnel mines, often called improvised explosive devices, were planted by the extremist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, which until recently controlled the city. Most of the mines appeared to be victim-activated and therefore banned under international law.