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21 Nov 2018 description

Istanbul – “Opportunities for Lives” was launched on Monday in Instanbul, aiming to provide greater entrepreneurship opportunities for Syrians under temporary protection and Turkish citizens in nine Turkish provinces.

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) will work closely as an implementing partner on this two-year project, led by the International Labour Organization (ILO) under the general coordination of the Turkish Directorate-General for International Labour Force.

20 Nov 2018 description

Thank you, Mr President, and good to be with all of you

  1. Since my last time I briefed you, the Secretary-General had announced that Mr Geir Pedersen of Norway, a good friend of mine - and an excellent choice if I may say - will be the new UN Special Envoy for Syria, following my own announcement that I will be moving on in the near future. The precise date will be determined by the Secretary-General in light of all relevant circumstances. I therefore anticipate briefing the Security Council once again in December.

20 Nov 2018 description


• Yazidi activist Nadia Murad named the co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
• Access constraints impact humanitarian delivery
• Humanitarians and local authorities respond to heavy floods
• Tent replacement and kerosene needed as winter approaches
• Coordination with Government Counterparts ongoing.
• IHF has $40m available for Second Standard Allocation
• Iraq HRP is 97 per cent funded

20 Nov 2018 description
report Caritas

The civil war in Syria forced Maram and her family to flee without any possessions. Five years later they’re still homeless and yet to return.

Security has improved in the capital, Damascus, and the family’s hometown in the adjoining suburb of Ghouta, but the humanitarian situation remains critical. Winter is on its way and will make conditions worse.

The family now lives in an empty elevator engine room on top of an apartment building in Damascus.

20 Nov 2018 description


This week, 267 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 571 arrivals and from last year’s 700 arrivals during the same period. The average daily arrivals this week equalled 38, compared to 82 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

20 Nov 2018 description
report UN Security Council

19 November 2018

Permanent Representative Accuses Some States Of Flouting Charter Principles in Order to Pursue Their Own Political Agendas

Reiterating the importance of convening a constitutional committee as a first step towards a political solution to the crisis in Syria, the Secretary‑General’s Special Envoy for that country told the Security Council today that the United Nations is open to any suggestions on the list of disputed attendees that allows inclusive participation by civil society.

20 Nov 2018 description

By Louis Charbonneau - United Nations Director

Governments supporting an effort to identify those responsible for deadly chemical attacks in Syria need to back their commitment to justice with cash. They will get the chance this week when member states of an international treaty banning chemical weapons vote on the 2019 budget for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

19 Nov 2018 description
report Oxfam
  • La diarrea, provocada por la falta de saneamiento, higiene y agua potable, causa el 40% de las muertes infantiles en una emergencia.
  • Casi la mitad de ellas se evitarían solo con lavarse las manos con agua y jabón La organización ha desarrollado proyectos innovadores como los “tiger toilets” o el “Urine-tricity” para dar respuesta a la falta de saneamiento y agua potable en contextos de emergencia.
19 Nov 2018 description


  • WFP dispatched food assistance for 3.2 million people in all 14 Syrian governorates in October, achieving over 100 percent of the monthly resource-based plan.
  • WFP dispatched food assistance for 291,865 people in 62 locations across hard-to-reach areas in Rural Damascus, Dar’a, Quneitra, Deir Ezzor, Aleppo and Ar-Raqqa governorates.

In Numbers

19 Nov 2018 description

Syrian wheat farmers are facing serious challenges to sustain their livelihoods, despite the overall improved security situation in the country. Wheat production has been severely affected by the ongoing crisis, particularly in Al-Hasakeh and Deir-ez-Zor – two of the major wheat-producing governorates.

19 Nov 2018 description
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Allocation Strategy Paper
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Budget preparation guidance

Project Proposal Deadline: 26 November 2018 at midnight (Turkey time) on GMS only A maximum of two proposals per partner is allowed



19 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Syrian children determined to learn despite new challenges

For the past seven weeks Diyaa’s 20-minute journey to school has been taking two hours. If he’s lucky, he hitchhikes part of the way, the rest he has to go on foot.

Recent local restrictions on transporting students to schools teaching the national accredited curriculum in north-eastern Syria’s Hassakeh and Qamishli mean that 15-year-old Diyaa, and thousands of other students, must either go through a long - and sometimes dangerous - journey to school or stop going to a school of their choosing.

19 Nov 2018 description
report The Guardian

Group aims to create jobs and reduce tensions on Greek island bearing brunt of migrant arrivals

By Helena Smith

An air of optimism hovers over the olive grove. Men from Africa, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq are busy building a wooden structure that will serve as a new shelter. There is quiet concentration, banter and even a bit of laughter as they bang nails into the beams.

Read more on The Guardian.

19 Nov 2018 description
report REACH Initiative


A total of 671,428 Syrians have registered as refugees in Jordan since 2011, 125,642 (18.7%) of which are registered in camps.

19 Nov 2018 description


  • 81 suspected acute jaundice syndrome were reported in Daraa in week 44.
  • The increase of acute jaundice syndrome cases among Afrin IDPs in Aleppo governorate has continued in week with 75 cases reported in weeks 42 and 43.
  • 3 cases of acute paralysis flaccid reported from Hamah (1) and (2) from Deir Ezzor.

Completeness& Timeliness of Reporting

18 Nov 2018 description

Based on data shared by the Ministry of Labour (MoL) with UNHCR, as well as data stored on the UNHCR database, random samples, to better reflect characteristics of the wider population of each group , allow for a 90% confidence interval, a margin of error of 7.5, and response distribution of 50%.