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31 Dec 2012 description

The regional government of Andalucía has confirmed a EUR 1 million donation to support mother and child health-care services provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). This is the fourth consecutive year that Andalucía has helped the Agency provide quality and accessible family health care for Palestine refugee women and their children throughout the occupied Palestinian territory, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.

31 Dec 2012 description

Emergency Non-food items (NFIs)

Accessing basic non‐food personal care items is challenging for both displaced Syrians and Lebanese returnees as host communities’ resources are increasingly overstretched.
To address this need, IOM has distributed over 10,284 NFIs to both groups in Bekaa and Wadi Khaled by the end of November. The NFIs include rechargeable lamps, diaper bags, winter kits, house cleaning kits and hygiene kits.

Emergency Shelter

31 Dec 2012 description

1-Summary on The Return movement:

Since the beginning of 2011, the number of the registered returnees with the Ministry of Displacement and Migration (MoDM) increased dramatically compared to the same period in 2010. Starting in April 2011 onward, the number was steadily increasing, reaching a peak in August of 2011 but taking a downward trend afterwards although it still remained relatively high throughout 2012.This increase could be attributed to different reasons, including but not limited to:

31 Dec 2012 description
report UN News Service

30 December 2012 – “I am unable to see another solution out of two possibilities: either a political solution that is accepted by the Syrian people which meets its aspirations and legitimate rights, or Syria to be transformed into hell.”

31 Dec 2012 description

INTRODUCTION

The United Nations Focal Point for Mine Action

UNMAS is the United Nations focal point for mine action. Fourteen entities are working together in the United Nations system to implement the United Nations vision of a world free from the threat of mine, and explosive remnants of war (ERW) including cluster munitions. UNMAS leads that effort in six key areas:

• Survey, mark, fence-off, and clear explosive hazards, including mines, ERW, cluster munitions

28 Dec 2012 description
report UN News Service

28 December 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will chair a high-level conference next month to raise funds to alleviate the worsening plight of millions of Syrians affected by the ongoing conflict.

The conference, to be held on 30 January in Kuwait, follows a $1.5 billion appealed launched last week by the United Nations and its partners, who have been hampered in their efforts to carry out relief activities due to lack of funds.

28 Dec 2012 description
  • Over 24,000 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in December;

  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva visited Syrian refugees in the Bekaa and met with Government officials as well as NGO partners to discuss the humanitarian response for Syrian refugees;

28 Dec 2012 description

Humanitarian needs -- especially food -- are growing across Syria. At the same time as thousands of families are being displaced, both bread and fuel are running short in many areas. WFP is currently reaching about 1.5 million people every month inside Syria. But the escalation of fighting is making it harder to reach the people affected, especially in the north. Meanwhile, as thousands of families pour into neighbouring countries, WFP is also providing assistance in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. Here's an overview:

27 Dec 2012 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Syria: IOM has completed the rehabilitation of 3 shelters – 1 in Kafr Sousseh and 2 in the Qudsaya Suburb. Kafr Sousseh currently houses 950 IDPs.

  • Jordan: IOM is currently operating 24-hour emergency transportation of refugees as they have begun arriving during the day time.

  • Lebanon: To date, IOM distributed a total of 11,699 rechargeable lamps, 141 Diapers bags, 1,667 house cleaning kits, 15,776 shelter support items, 5,140 hygiene kits and 35,437 winterization items to 47,889 Syrian refugees and 21,972 Lebanese returnees.

27 Dec 2012 description

Executive summary

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has provided basic services, and at times emergency assistance to Palestine refugees in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza for over 63 years. It is now actively responding to the critical needs of Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria and of those who have fled Syria to Jordan and Lebanon.

26 Dec 2012 description

26 December 2012
Beirut, Lebanon

German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel visited Burj Barajneh Camp in Beirut on Saturday, accompanied by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Deputy Director and Officer-in-Charge of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon Robert Hurt.

26 Dec 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Soha Bsat Boustani and Souleyma Mardam Bey

BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON, 21 December 2012 - In Dalhamieh, a small village in the Bekaa Valley, Syrian refugees are streaming into an informal camp, where their makeshift tents multiply daily. As of 19 December, this informal camp had sheltered about 698 refugees, of whom 86 were children under 2 years old.

25 Dec 2012 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Escalating violence results in growing displacement within Syria and neighbouring countries.

  • Palestine refugees flee Yarmouk camp due to intense fighting.

  • Lack of critical medicines affect the health system

  • Funding shortages hamper humanitarian response

24 Dec 2012 description

In 2012, UN agencies and humanitarian partners helped millions of people affected by natural disasters, food insecurity, conflicts and displacement across the globe. As the year draws to an end, OCHA’s Operations Director John Ging talks about some of the major challenges aid organizations faced in 2012. He also highlights ways to improve humanitarian response in 2013.

Read the full story on UNOCHA.

24 Dec 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund
  • SYRIA: 1,350,193 children reached with polio vaccines, 1,100,971 children immunised against measles in on-going campaign across all Governorates.
    UNICEF dispatches relief items to respond to immediate needs of more than 4,000 women and children displaced from Yarmouk camp. Winterization supplies reach 10,000 people in Rural Damascus.
  • LEBANON: Back to School effort reaches 27,372 students across 131 schools. Enrolment drive also continues with 7,292 children enrolled to date.
23 Dec 2012 description

Note: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will disseminate information about the situation of Palestine refugees in Syria. 21 December 2012

21 Dec 2012 description

Highlights of the week

  • Over 4,000 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR this week;

  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva visited Syrian refugees in the Bekaa, as well as held meetings with Government officials and NGO partners to discuss priorities and the humanitarian response for Syrian refugees;