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Hundreds evacuated from four besieged areas in Syria – UN mediator

21 April 2016 – In what he called “modest but very real” progress on the humanitarian track of the crisis in Syria, the United Nations envoy for the country today reported that, among other steps, more than 500,000 civilians have been reached during the cessation of hostilities, and yesterday, some 500 people were medically evacuated from several besieged areas.


INTERVIEW: Even as some ‘guns go silent’ in Syria, access to besieged areas is limited, says UN aid official

19 April 2016 – With a cessation of hostilities largely holding in Syria, the situation is “encouraging,” but areas under siege remain particularly vulnerable, according to a senior United Nations humanitarian official.


UN agency welcomes Jordan's measures to improve Syrian refugees' access to jobs

19 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a series of recent measures by the Government of Jordan that could help up to 78,000 Syrians to be able to work legally in Jordan in the short term and thousands more in the coming years.


Syria: UN envoy to 'take stock' of peace talks by week's end

18 April 2016 – Following reports that the opposition delegation had announced a pause in the intra-Syrian talks under way at United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, the UN envoy mediating a resolution to the crisis said today that he plans on continuing discussions with all sides and take stock of the situation on Friday.


Two-state solution in Middle East 'tragically more distant' than ever, Ban tells Security Council

18 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that a two-state solution, which envisages peaceful co-existence of Palestine and Israel, seems more distant than it has for many decades, citing the ongoing violence, Israel's settlement activity and demolitions of Palestinian homes, and the absence of Palestinian unity.


In Washington, Ban urges multilateral action to aid refugees, close infrastructure gaps

16 April 2016 – Addressing the global challenge of forced displacement and fostering greater investment in infrastructure were the main topics of discussion today as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to leaders in Washington, D.C., at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.


Civilians in embattled Yarmouk facing ‘starvation and dehydration,’ UN agency warns

16 April 2016 – Up to 10,000 civilians in Yarmouk camp in Damascus, Syria, have gone without food and water for more than a week due to ongoing fighting, today warned the United Nations relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East.


‘We need improvement,’ on humanitarian access, says UN envoy for Syria

14 April 2016 – The day after a new round of intra-Syrian talks began in Geneva, the United Nations envoy mediating a solution to the crisis reported today on the latest humanitarian assessment, stressing the need for improvement amidst a picture that is frustrating but not “completely negative.”


As new round of talks begins, UN envoy for Syria says cessation of hostilities must ‘continue to give hope’

13 April 2016 – On the first day of a new round of peace talks to end the five-year conflict in Syria, the UN mediator on the crisis emphasized that despite the cessation of hostilities still holding, he is concerned about the deterioration of the security situation in some locations.


Airdrops in Syria continue as UN mediator meets with Iranian official in Tehran

12 April 2016 – During a visit to Tehran, the United Nations mediator on the crisis in Syria underlined the importance of consulting with Iran's authorities because they “have an influence” and useful advice, while UN humanitarian agencies provided their latest updates in Geneva.