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25 Apr 2018 description

Brussels, 25 April 2018

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Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, High Representative Federica [Mogherini], Staffan [de Mistura],

Thank you for gathering here today.

We have again had a chance over the last couple of days to hear from a number of Syrians themselves here in Brussels.

What ordinary Syrians want is for people to stop dropping bombs on them, to stop shelling them and to stop shooting at them. For countless Syrian children, these atrocities are the only things they have known in life. That has to stop.

17 Apr 2018 description

New York, 17 April 2018

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Mr. President,

Since the passage of resolution 2401, the Secretary-General has on many occasions called for its full implementation.

However, rather than implement the resolution of this Council, we have seen parties to the conflict sustain intense military activity at an enormous human cost.

28 Feb 2018 description

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Thank you, Mr. President

We have received a lot of questions about resolution 2401, which you passed on Saturday, and its demand for a cessation of hostilities, without delay, for at least 30 consecutive days throughout Syria.

I want to start today by answering the questions we have received.

24 Feb 2018 description

I welcome the unity shown today by the members of the Security Council in adopting a resolution demanding a sustained ceasefire of at least 30 days throughout Syria, humanitarian access, and medical evacuations.

But words must now quickly become action – any cessation of hostilities must be real. Attacks must stop.

22 Feb 2018 description

Thank you Mr. President,

My colleagues and I have given you a lot of updates on the situation in eastern Ghouta over the last three months. I want to start today by bringing you some voices directly from eastern Ghouta.

The Office of the Special Envoy in Geneva has, just in the past three days, received thousands of messages on instant messaging applications from civilians there. They are pleading for our help.
Here is one of them – from a humanitarian worker in the area, a person well versed in international humanitarian law:

11 Jan 2018 description
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Almost seven years into the Syria conflict, I have this week seen first-hand the colossal toll that the brutal and sustained hostilities have taken.

Estimates suggest that hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, countless more are missing or detained, and five million have fled to other countries. Gross Domestic Product is less than half what it was before the war, and replacing destroyed infrastructure and housing will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Almost 70 per cent of people now live in extreme poverty.

19 Dec 2017 description

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Thank you, Mr. President,

Let me begin by welcoming the action you have taken today to adopt Security Council resolution 2393. I note your request to the Secretary-General to conduct an independent review, and for us to work even harder on monitoring, reporting and data gathering. We will of course do all that.
Cross-border deliveries will remain an essential part of our efforts to meet the needs of all those across Syria who require humanitarian assistance.

Mr. President,

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Amman, 30 October 2017

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Madame President,

This is my second briefing to you on the humanitarian situation in Syria. In Amman today I have discussed the position with the Jordanian authorities and the UN humanitarian leadership team based in the region. One conclusion is obvious: the impact of the Syria crisis continues to be profound. My briefing today focuses on the humanitarian issues inside Syria. High Commissioner Grandi will speak to you on the refugee situation on Thursday.

27 Sep 2017 description

New York, 27 September 2017

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Thank you, Mr. President.

It is an honour to speak to you this afternoon, for the first time since taking up my role as Emergency Relief Coordinator.

22 Sep 2017 description

UN Headquarters, New York, New York, September 21 2017

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, thank you.

When we met in Brussels in April, we heard strong statements of humanitarian commitment. Some $6 billion pledged by over 40 governments for this year, with a further $3.7 billion pledged for 2018.

30 Aug 2017 description

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Thank you, Mr President, and Eid Mubark to you all, distinguished representatives of the Security Council.

I also thank Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura for his determination and skill in seeking to find a way forward, above all, for the Syrian people, who have suffered for so long.

27 Jul 2017 description

New York, 27 July 2017

As delivered by Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller

Mr President and distinguished representatives,

16 Apr 2017 description
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I am horrified by reports that scores of people including civilians have been killed by an explosion near their convoy during an evacuation from the besieged towns of Foah and Kefraya.

My deepest sympathies go out to the families of those killed and those injured.

The perpetrators of such a monstrous and cowardly attack displayed a shameless disregard for human life. International humanitarian law is very clear: warring parties must protect civilians and distinguish between military and civilian targets.