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17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

16 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

AMMAN/NEW YORK, 16 October 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan travelled to Jordan to meet children who, like her, fled the Syria conflict and are now determined to go to school despite extremely challenging circumstances. It was the first time Muzoon had returned to the country – where she spent three years in refugee camps, before being resettled in the United Kingdom with her family in 2015.

15 Oct 2017 description
report World Vision

Innovative WASH UP! program will support socio-emotional well-being through lessons on proper water use, sanitation and hygiene habits for Syrian refugee children in Jordan, Lebanon, and the Kurdish Region of Iraq.

11 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank
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Signs of Economic Recovery in Middle East and North Africa But Growth Still Impacted by Instability

New World Bank report identifies factors influencing the region’s medium to long term growth

10 Oct 2017 description

The European Union (EU) has signed an important additional contribution of EUR 9.5 million to the 2017 Programme Budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to a call to donors to help close a shortfall that could impact its key services such as education and health-care.

03 Oct 2017 description

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

Overview on UNHCR’s operations in the Middle East and North Africa

A. Situational context including new developments

Syria situation

03 Oct 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is becoming increasingly concerned over the funding situation for refugees and other displaced families in the Middle East, where currently only a quarter of families are likely to receive adequate support to prepare for the approaching winter.

03 Oct 2017 description
report UN Population Fund


  • Youth initiatives and trainings held in Syria.
  • United States congressional delegation visits Zaatari.


28 Sep 2017 description

“We are gathered here first of all to send a message of solidarity and reassurance to 5.3 million Palestine refugees,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl tells the high-level meeting “Giving Hope to Palestine Refugees: New Horizons for Sustainable Funding for UNRWA” hosted by the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC), along with the governments of Jordan and Sweden on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 September 2017 in New York.

28 Sep 2017 description

UNHCR estimates that there are over 15 million Syrian and Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in the region. This coming winter, UNHCR plans to provide integrated winter assistance to over four million vulnerable Syrian and Iraqi IDPs and refugees to help them weather the adverse conditions.

26 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In Syria, violence continues to impact civilians across the country despite an overall reduction of civilian casualties in areas where de-escalation zone agreements are in place. Military operations are further deteriorating the humanitarian situation in Raqqa City and Deir-ez-Zor, with severe food, water, electricity and medical shortages. Protection of vulnerable families and their children remains a key concern.

25 Sep 2017 description


  • Syria: During the reporting period, IOM’s health interventions reached over 30,000 beneficiaries with primary healthcare, mobility aids, dialysis kits, hearing aid services, and diabetic measurement devices. Furthermore, the Miznaz Reception Centre in Atareb was declared open to receive IDPs on 25 August.

22 Sep 2017 description

Those are the words of Shadia*, an adolescent refugee girl living in Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya. She knows that she cannot survive and thrive without a good education. She knows it’s the ticket to a better future for her and her family – the chance to fulfil her dreams of becoming a doctor.

22 Sep 2017 description

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

September 21, 2017

20 Sep 2017 description
report European Union

The war in Syria, one of the worst humanitarian crises the world has faced since World War II, continues to have devastating and tragic consequences for its people. It is also having an increasingly destabilising impact on the wider region, through the displacement of people, the spread of terrorism, the exacerbation of political and sectarian differences.

19 Sep 2017 description
report Save the Children

Around the world, there are too many refugee children who haven’t just lost their homes, they’re also losing their futures every single day.

More than half of all the refugee children in the world – 3.5 million children – aren’t in school.

19 Sep 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$10,952,118/ $11,012,532.53
Balance Requested: 10,952,118/ $8,296,158.28
Amman, 19 September, 2017

18 Sep 2017 description


  • In Iraq, WFP began a digital skills training for 100 Syrians in Arbat refugee camp. These beneficiaries are receiving training in order to improve their chances of finding employment.

  • WFP made transfers to more than one million beneficiaries in Turkey. 863,000 vulnerable refugees received multipurpose cash assistance through the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) and 142,000 Syrians received e-food voucher assistance in camps. The ESSN aims to assist more than one million people in 2017.

14 Sep 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Murky Money Trail, Missed Targets, Missing Data

(Beirut) – Millions of dollars in aid money pledged to get Syrian refugee children in school last year did not reach them, arrived late, or could not be traced due to poor reporting practices, Human Rights Watch said today.