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UN aid chief spotlights challenges delivering relief inside war-torn Syria, urges continued support

29 November 2017 – The conflict in Syria – now into its seventh year, longer than World War II – continues to ratchet up misery on its people, with millions living in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, a third of the country’s children out of school, and over half of its health facilities rendered inoperable, the United Nations top relief official said today.


Antalya: South-South cooperation can spur great humanitarian, development impact – UN relief official

29 November 2017 – With actors from the Global South increasingly among the frontline responders in fragile and protracted crises, fully leveraging the comparative advantage of South-South cooperation has the potential to have great humanitarian and development impact, a senior United National relief official said Wednesday.


Returning foreign terrorist fighters pose ‘enormous challenge with no easy solution,’ Security Council told

28 November 2017 – With violent extremists having suffered defeats in Syria and Iraq, the international community must step up cooperation to address the complex problem of foreign terrorist fighters returning home or travelling to other regions, the head of the United Nations Office against Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, told the Security Council on Tuesday.


Antalya: UN launches new initiative to empower and train young leaders in Global South

28 November 2017 – A new UN partnership that will empower young leaders in the global South to become agents of change was launched Tuesday during the Global South-South Development Expo 2017 in Antalya, Turkey.


‘No preconditions’ accepted from Syrian parties, UN envoy says ahead of Geneva talks

27 November 2017 – Ahead of fresh intra-Syrian talks on Tuesday in Geneva, the United Nations mediator said Monday that the crisis now has the potential to move towards “a genuine political process.”


In Iran, UN aid chief expresses readiness to support post-quake relief efforts

24 November 2017 – Concluding a two-day visit to Iran, the top United Nations humanitarian official said the Organization is ready to fill any gaps in the relief efforts following the devastating earthquake on 12 November that struck the Iran-Iraq border.


Mediterranean crossing still world's deadliest for migrants – UN report

24 November 2017 – Crossing the Mediterranean to Europe is “by far the world's deadliest” journey for migrants, with at least 33,761 reported to have died or gone missing between 2000 and 2017, a United Nations report finds.


ISIL ‘down but not out’ in Iraq; UN envoy urges efforts to defeat group’s extremist ideology

22 November 2017 – The military victory against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) is only one component of a complex battle that addresses the root causes of extremist ideology, the United Nations envoy for Iraq said Wednesday.


Adopt a ‘common line,’ UN negotiator appeals to Syrian opposition

22 November 2017 – Syrian opposition groups meeting in Saudi Arabia should do all they can to unify ahead of a fresh round of United Nations-facilitated talks in Geneva, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday.


UN agency gravely concerned by lack of medical services in Syria’s eastern Ghouta

22 November 2017 – Despite escalating violence and increasing humanitarian needs, life-saving medicines, medical equipment, and surgical supplies are being prevented from entering eastern Ghouta in Syria and the plan to transfer critically ill patients to hospitals elsewhere has not been approved, the United Nations health agency has warned.