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On visit to Syria, senior UN official appeals for more support for humanitarian work

11 March 2015 – Wrapping up a three-day visit to Syria, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations agency mandated to assist Palestinian refugees across the Middle East requested more support for work being carried out across the country, stressing that in Yarmouk “safe, uninterrupted, substantial humanitarian distributions must become the norm.”

New UN-backed report reflects ‘crushing’ impact of conflict in Syria on its people

10 March 2015 – Four years of armed conflict, economic disintegration and social fragmentation in Syria have hollowed out its population by 15 percent, forced some 10 million people to flee their homes and reduced life expectancy by two decades – from nearly 76 years of age to 56 – according to a United Nations-backed report released today on the “catastrophic” impact of the conflict.

'Historic opportunity' at hand for reconciliation, cooperation in Sri Lanka, says UN political chief

10 March 2015 – Following elections, a historic opportunity has now presented itself for Sri Lanka to set up a domestic process that is credible, accountable and up to par with international norms and standards for the benefit of the country's people, with the help of the wider international community, the United Nations political chief said today.

Gaza: UN humanitarian arm warns that blockade ‘undermining’ living standards

05 March 2015 – The living conditions of nearly 2 million Palestinians residing in the Gaza Strip have been undermined by the enduring blockade against the enclave, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today.