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- Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock: Statement on Syria (24 February 2018)
- The UN and partners plan to deliver humanitarian assistance to eastern Ghouta [EN/AR]
- Statement by Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, on East Ghouta Hospital Attacks [EN/AR]
- No end in sight to seven years of war in Syria: children with disabilities at risk of exclusion
- Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock: Briefing to the Security Council on Syria (28 February 2018)
Seven long years after the Syria crisis began, the situation remains bleak. Individual children, women and men continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by enormous human suffering, relentless destruction and a blatant disregard for human rights.
Hears Presentation of Reports of the Forum on Minority Issues, the Social Forum, and the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures
GENEVA (14 March 2018) - The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an interactive dialogue with Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues. It also heard the presentation of reports of the Forum on Minority Issues, the Social Forum, and the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures, and started its general debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms.
The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security 2015 showed that a staggering 22 percent of total damage and loss from natural disasters in developing countries was absorbed by the agriculture sector alone.
Atrocities continue as world marks 7th anniversary of Syrian conflict
Tomorrow, 15 March, will mark the seventh anniversary of the conflict in Syria. Since 2011 more than 500,000 people have been killed, including 19,800 children. Approximately 11.7 million Syrians have also been displaced, and 13.1 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.
They worked as doctors, teachers, lawyers and accountants. They grew gardens behind their homes, and raised their families in the shade of orange trees. And when war broke out, they fled—before dawn, after sunset, in the middle of the night—with nothing but their children in their arms.
They are Syria’s people, pushed to the margins by seven years of war.
by Sarah Vanderburg Austria | Mar 14, 2018
March 15 marks seven years since war began in Syria. Nearly 11 million residents, half of the pre-war population, have been forced from their homes, ﬂeeing to other parts of Syria or to neighboring countries. Families have lost livelihoods. Babies have lost parents. Children have lost dreams. Over the course of the war, Medical Teams International has met Syrians, whether displaced within their country or as refugees outside it, along their journey to safety and healing.
***How Medical Teams Helps Syrian Refugees**
North-east Syria, much of which was under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), was the focus of intense fighting in 2017. Health care services in all three north-eastern governorates1 were severely disrupted, leaving civilians caught up in the conflict more vulnerable than ever. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced, many of them more than once, as they sought to escape shifting battle lines.
● Despite the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2401, which demands an immediate cessation of hostilities lasting for at least 30 days throughout Syria, escalating fighting reportedly continued in East Ghouta causing extensive civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure.
● Reports indicate that the overall number of civilians killed between 18 February and 11 March could have reached over 1,100 while over 4,000 injured have been reported.
This Thursday, 15 March, will mark seven years of deadly conflict in Syria. Since 2011 half a million people have been killed, over 11.7 million have been displaced from their homes and 13.1 million people remain in dire need of humanitarian assistance. As the war enters its eighth year, the prospects for peace remain dim.
Two United Nations relief agencies on Wednesday joined a chorus of international organizations and partners in the quest to end seven years of conflict in Syria, urging warring parties to allow humanitarian access for the delivery of life-saving assistance to those desperately in need.
During 2017, almost 38,900 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement1 to 25 countries in Europe,2 36% more than during 2016 and over three times greater than the average rate of 12,400 submissions per year during the last decade.
Between 2007 and 2016, Europe’s proportion of resettlement sub-missions globally has increased from approximately 9% to more than 18%, and in 2017 reached 52%. This is primarily due to a significant decrease globally in new submissions for resettlement, most notably to the United States of America.
High levels of food insecurity persist in the world, due largely to conflicts and to adverse climatic shocks that are taking a toll, particularly in East African and Near East countries, where large numbers of people continue to be in need of humanitarian assistance, a new FAO report notes. Some 37 countries are in need of external assistance for food, unchanged from three months ago, according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report issued today.
No new cases of cVDPV2 have been reported in 2018. The most recent case (by date of onset of paralysis) is 21 September 2017 from Boukamal district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate. The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 74.
A nationwide immunization round utilizing bivalent OPV (bOPV) is ongoing in 13 governorates in Syria. The campaign aims to reach 2.4 million children aged less than 5 years.
“The situation in Syria has severely deteriorated to the extent that the UN Secretary General has described it as ‘hell on earth’ and, on the political front, the international community has failed to achieve a political solution,” said Dora Bakoyannis (Greece, EPP/CD), speaking today in the framework of the preparation of a report on the issue, at the opening of a hearing on the situation in Syria and its effects upon surrounding countries, organised in Paris by the Political Affairs Committee.
Damascus/Geneva (ICRC): In the event that humanitarian evacuations from Eastern Ghouta, Afrin, or any other area in Syria take place, the below standards and rules offer guidance to authorities in control of the process. Simply put, civilians and persons no longer taking a direct part in hostilities must be respected and protected at all times by all sides, including during evacuations.
14 MARCH 2018 | GENEVA - After seven years of conflict in Syria, WHO has renewed its call for the protection of health workers and for immediate access to besieged populations.
Attacks on the health sector have continued at an alarming level in the past year. The 67 verified attacks on health facilities, workers, and infrastructure recorded during the first two months of 2018 amount to more than 50% of verified attacks in all of 2017.
DAMASCUS – Seven years of war in Syria have brought intolerable suffering to millions of people. In many parts of the country, the violence has reached unbearable levels and still, there is no political solution in sight. Every day, families under bombardment and shelling face a nightmare without apparent end and every day more innocent lives are lost.
As the war in Syria enters its eighth year, thousands of Syrian refugees are at risk of a potentially life-threatening return to Syria.
The United States, Europe and Syria's neighbouring countries have been openly discussing sending Syrian refugees back to the war-torn country. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warns against this and argues that the time is not right for a large-scale return of refugees.
YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the announcement of a US$72.3 million contribution from the Government of Japan. The generous infusion of funding will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance in 23 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.