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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.


UN calls for more 'equitable' responsibility-sharing to relieve plight of Syrian refugees

30 March 2016 – Addressing a one-day, high-level conference in Geneva on Syrian refugees, senior United Nations officials stressed the needs to provide resettlement and other answers for their plight, urging third countries to share those responsibilities with Syria's immediate neighbours.


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 Tunisia, Ban stresses importance of youth employment in sustainable development

29 March 2016 – Speaking at a national conference on employment in Tunisia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to help the North African country create new businesses and fund active labour market programmes for young people.


One in 10 Syrian refugees will need resettling, UN agency warns ahead of conference

29 March 2016 – Supporting refugees is a global responsibility that must be widely shared, the UN refugee agency stressed today ahead of a one-day high-level conference it is hosting in Geneva tomorrow, focused on refugees from Syria and the need for generating a substantial increase in resettlement and other answers for their plight.


UN chief visits Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, meets Middle Eastern leaders in capital

27 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his trip to the Middle East today with a visit to Jordan alongside World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, where they met with refugees from the Zaatari camp, as well as with senior government officials from Palestine, Turkey and Jordan, including King Abdullah II.


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.


In Lebanon, UN chief and World Bank President show commitment to leaving 'no one behind'

25 March 2016 – While in Lebanon today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim underlined the UN system's commitment to the country, calling for additional funds for a refugee camp, inaugurating a new social development centre, and announcing a new financing plan for Lebanese schools.


Syrian talks end with 'no drama;' early April target date set for resumption – UN envoy

24 March 2016 – Both the Syrian Government and opposition delegations are taking the United Nations-mediated peace talks “very seriously,” the UN envoy on the discussions said today, wrapping up the second round of the process by issuing a paper on “commonalties that exist between the two negotiating parties,” and announcing that the talks could pick up again by the second week of April.


UNESCO chief welcomes the liberation of Syria's Palmyra world heritage site

24 March 2016 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed the liberation of the Palmyra archeological site, a martyr city inscribed on the agency's World Heritage list.