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23 Dec 2013 description

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New York, 23 December 2013

Good [afternoon].

I have just come back from a visit to the Philippines.

I visited Tacloban and I saw the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. I was deeply moved by the plight of the area’s people – and impressed by the resilience of the people.

17 Dec 2013 description

In Syria, government military aircraft targeted rebel-held districts in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people according to opposition activists. In parallel, Damascus announced that it had retaken control of the key Damascus – Homs supply highway after gaining ground in the battle for the strategic Qalamoun region. London and Washington decided to suspend all non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition fearing that military equipment may fall under the control of Islamic radical groups.

16 Dec 2013 description

(Genève, 16 décembre 2013): En 2014, les organisations humanitaires auront pour but d’atteindre 52 millions de personnes avec de l’aide, et leurs plans de réponse combinés demanderont un financement de 12.9 milliards de dollars américains.

16 Dec 2013 description
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(Geneva, 16 December 2013): Humanitarian organizations will aim to reach 52 million people in the world with aid in 2014 and their combined response plans will require US$12.9 billion in funding.

16 Dec 2013 description

Geneva, 16 December 2013

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We have just launched the Overview of Global Humanitarian Response for 2014.

16 Dec 2013 description
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Global Humanitarian Response for 2014

Around the world, tens of millions of people are affected by crises and need humanitarian aid. Governments and other national and local responders carry the major burden in helping their people in need. Inevitably, in the most intense and large-scale crises, their response leaves some gaps; and the multilateral humanitarian system is founded on the principle of helping to meet those urgent needs that exceed the capacity of those with primary responsibility.

09 Dec 2013 description

Snapshot 3 - 10 December

In Syria, the conflict has been going on for over 1,000 days, and to date, the war has displaced 6.5 million people internally and forced 2.3 million to cross into neighbouring countries. Meanwhile, Washington indicated that it has been in talks with Islamist opposition factions non-linked to Al-Qaeda, in order to push for a negotiated settlement to the crisis.

02 Dec 2013 description

In Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that an estimated 126,000 people have died during the conflict, more than a third of them civilians. Meanwhile, Turkey and Iran, which support opposing sides within the crisis, jointly called for a ceasefire before the beginning of the peace talks, set for 22 January in Geneva.

25 Nov 2013 description

In Syria, government forces fully control the town of Qara after almost a week of heavy fighting which caused over 15,000 Syrian refugees to cross into Lebanon. Meanwhile, the UN stated that it has brokered an agreement allowing for the Government of Syria and opposition negotiators to meet for peace talks in Geneva on January 22. The opposition reaffirmed the conditions of its participation: the release of prisoners, humanitarian assistance for besieged towns, and the exclusion of President Assad from the new transitional government.