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Grim conditions in Syria despite greater access, UN aid chief warns Security Council

30 March 2016 – There are signs of humanitarian progress in Syria with more aid reaching those in urgent need, but conditions remain “dire” throughout the country with only 30 per cent of people in besieged areas reached and even fewer in hard-to-reach areas, the top United Nations humanitarian official said.


New UN-Arab League agreement aims to prevent conflict-related sexual violence

29 March 2016 – The United Nations and the League of Arab States today signed an agreement to strengthen collaboration on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in the Arab region.


In Baghdad, UN chief underlines extreme concern about 'enormous' challenges Iraq faces

26 March 2016 – Visiting Iraq today for the eighth time as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said he is impressed by the progress made, particularly against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Da'esh, but warned that he remains extremely concerned about the enormous challenges the country faces.


On International Day, Ban calls to bring all perpetrators of heinous crimes to justice

25 March 2016 – On the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged for intensified efforts to bring all perpetrators of heinous crimes to justice, and to end impunity.


Senior UN official warns of dire consequences for millions of Iraqis due to funding shortfalls

23 March 2016 – Returning from a visit to Iraq, a senior United Nations relief official today drew attention to the worsening situation for more than 10 million people in need, and to the urgency to mobilize more funding for the humanitarian response.


UN strongly condemns terrorist bombings in Brussels as 'an attack on us all'

22 March 2016 – Senior United Nations officials have strongly condemned today's terrorist bombings in Brussels, extending condolences to the victims and their families while expressing solidarity with the people and Government of Belgium.


Iraq: UN and partners race to reach thousands fleeing areas west of Ramadi

18 March 2016 – The United Nations relief wing today reported that humanitarian partners are rushing to provide emergency assistance to an estimated 35,000 people who have been newly displaced in hard-to-reach areas west of Ramadi.


Medical relief ‘single most difficult issue’ for humanitarian access in Syria – UN advisor

17 March 2016 – The advisor to the UN envoy on Syria today stressed the need to obtain Government permits to dispatch aid convoys to the remaining six of the 18 besieged locations and stressed that “the issue of medical relief continues to be the single most difficult issue in humanitarian access work,” with medical items and personnel are being taken off the relief vehicles.