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‘Horrified’ by immense human suffering in Syria, UN relief chief urges all parties to protect civilians

17 August 2015 – Horrified by the "total disrespect" for civilian life in Syria, as evidenced by yesterday's airstrikes on a market in Douma, the top United Nations humanitarian official today warned that the protracted conflict in the country not only severely affects the lives of millions of people, but also threatens the stability of the entire region and beyond.

UN human rights experts welcome release of Syrian human rights defenders

14 August 2015 – Welcoming recent release of three human rights defenders from Syrian Government custody, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights panel today urged the authorities to grant an independent organization regular access to those allegedly detained.

Syria: UN special envoy condemns indiscriminate shelling in civilian areas

14 August 2015 – Condemning the continued use of indiscriminate weapons in civilian areas of Syria, the United Nations special envoy for the country has today renewed his call on the warring parties to immediately cease such attacks and focus on finding a political solution to the “unacceptable situation” in their homeland.

Head of UN food relief agency appeals for continued support to Syrian refugees

13 August 2015 – The head of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) called today on the international community to continue supporting Syrian refugees displaced in neighboring countries, appealing to the world “not to forget” the crisis and to provide the agency the means to meet their needs.

UN launches #ShareHumanity campaign spotlighting humanitarian crises around the globe

13 August 2015 – The United Nations relief arm has launched a call for millions of people around the world to drastically change their social media feeds and share captivating tale of humanitarian heroism ahead of this year's World Humanitarian Day.

In Jordan, head of UN food relief agency urges increased funding for Syrian refugees

12 August 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has voiced concern over the deteriorating conditions of Syrian refugees now residing in Jordan amid funding shortfalls and urged the international donor community to ramp up financing for ongoing humanitarian efforts in the Middle Eastern country.

In video call, UN chief says education remains ‘passport to dignity’ for Gaza’s children

10 August 2015 – Access to education can provide Gaza’s children with a “passport to dignity” and help break the cycle of poverty and violence that has afflicted the troubled enclave for decades, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

With conditions worsening for refugees in Calais, UN urges comprehensive response

07 August 2015 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called once again for a comprehensive response to the worsening reception conditions for refugees and migrants in Calais, saying that the situation in the French port city is unmanageable.

UN urges bold action to tackle deepening refugee crisis in Greece

07 August 2015 – The United Nations today called for bold and urgent action to address a deepening crisis in Greece, where some 124,000 refugees and migrants have arrived by sea this year – a staggering increase of over 750 per cent compared to the same period in 2014.

Security Council approves probe into those responsible for using chemical weapons in Syria

07 August 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today gave the greenlight for the establishment of a Joint Investigative Mechanism to identify those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.