The ETC was activated in Syria on 14 January 2013 to provide common telecommunications services to the humanitarian community responding to the crisis both within Syria, and in surrounding countries. Lack of access, escalating insecurity and restrictions on movement complicate these efforts and have at times led to missions being cancelled. However, preparedness plans allow for the immediate expansion of operations once access improves.
Snapshot 1–7 July 2015
Syria: Civilian deaths made up 81% of the total death toll in June, which was 2,137, bringing the total number of people killed so far in 2015 to 11,000. 705,000 people have been displaced in the first five months of this year: 439,000 were internally displaced, and the vast majority of the rest fled to Turkey.
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC
UNFPA delivers 64,815 reproductive health services to 21,200 women, while around 1,000 women benefit from the UNFPA voucher system in Damascus, Rural Damascus, and Aleppo. UNFPA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Syrian Family Planning Association (SFPA), inaugurates a new reproductive health clinic and women’s safe space in Al Hamidiyeh and HabNemra in the old city of Homs. UNFPA also distributes dignity kits to 21,433 women and 864 men residing in Bloudan and Homs.
The past 4 years of this crisis have seen a further deterioration of the situation in Syria. Estimated 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance with more than half of the pre-crisis Syrian population being displaced either internally or as refugees in the neighbouring countries.
Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) mission in Lebanon has launched the year-round Charitable Catering project in Arsal, northeastern Lebanon, to help achieve food security for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and create jobs for local workforce.
This project is the first product of the joint humanitarian action undertaken by the Gulf Red Crescent Societies in favor of the distressed Syrians, under the recommendations of the second meeting of the Committee of Top Officials of Red Crescent Societies in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), held last November in Kuwait.
‘Due to the crisis in Syria, around three million children and young people no longer have access to schooling. More than half of a million of them are refugees in Lebanon. We are now providing an additional NOK 75 million for education for these refugees, which brings Norway’s total contribution for these efforts to NOK 120 million,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
World Health Organization together with UN and NGO partners met with donors last week to present a progress report detailing achievements and results under the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) – an interagency framework developed by partner organizations to guide humanitarian action in the Syria crisis.
The Instrument for Stability (IfS) project – worth EUR 20 million - is one of the largest institutional and community support projects in Lebanon;
Essential medications for chronic diseases were distributed in 435 PHCs, with the aim to serve a total of 150,000 patients;
100,000 insulin vials were distributed in PHCs, benefiting 500 Lebanese diabetic patients;
6,200 pieces of medical equipment were provided to 180 primary healthcare centers across Lebanon;
Reporting period from 28 February 2015 to 26 June 2015
The present report provides a comprehensive assessment of the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 (2006) since my previous report of 28 February 2015 (S/2015/147).
69% reduced the number of meals eaten each day
58% limited their meal sizes
77% bought food on credit or borrowed money to buy extra food
13% of families withdrew children from school
4% relied on children to generate additional incomes
A pharmacist with a degree on health management, Rita Rhayem discovered the humanitarian field thanks to a short stint with Doctors Without Borders during the 2006 Lebanon War. "That experience was an eye-opener and I decided to work in that field," she says.
One year later, Rhayem began her humanitarian career as head of the health department at Caritas Lebanon. It was in that capacity that she first learned about the Sphere standards. "I realised it was something important that I should know more about."
From 29 June to 1 July, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl visited Brussels for a range of senior-level meetings to draw attention to the Agency’s crucial role and activities and to raise the alarm regarding its dramatic level of underfunding, as well as to officially open the UNRWA photography exhibition ‘I Am Not a Statistic’, held in the European Parliament until 3 July.
As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has allocated £900 million since 2012 to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross). This is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.
Message from the President
Dear partners and friends,
2 July 2015
Three Lebanese civil defense firefighters, accompanied with a captain from UNIFIL Fire Brigade unit, have to enter a burning building, extinguish a fire and cool down the place.
This is one of the scenarios during a three-day training conducted by UNIFIL’s Fire Safety Unit in Naqoura in collaboration with the Lebanese Civil Defense centers in south Lebanon.
UNIFIL Civil Affairs has facilitated the training which encompassed representatives from Civil Defense centers from the southern towns of Al Taibe, Qabrikha, Meis El Jabal, Markaba and Frun.
Additional help from the UK to provide emergency aid, jobs and education, to help address the root causes of the migrant crisis
A range of new programmes from the UK will provide emergency aid as well as jobs and education to help address the root causes of the migrant crisis, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.
Le 22 juin 2015, le Conseil a adopté des conclusions sur le Liban.
L'UE rappelle la déclaration du 25 mai de la haute représentante au nom de l'UE concernant l'année qui s'est écoulée depuis la fin du mandat de Michel Sleiman au poste de président du Liban, ainsi que la déclaration présidentielle adoptée par le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies le 19 mars.