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Syria ceasefire holding amid rising concerns about aid delivery and Damascus water supply – UN envoy

12 January 2017 – While the ceasefire in Syria is largely holding, the United Nations envoy for the country cautioned today that the truce may be under threat as clashes in villages in the Wadi Barada valley have damaged water infrastructure and left more than five million people in and around Damascus facing water shortages.


As millions suffer water shortages in Syria, UN looks to keep potable supply safe

11 January 2017 – The United Nations expressed concern today about fighting in the Wadi Barada area of west Damascus, which in addition to displacing thousands of people, has also restricted water supplies to some 5.5 million people in and around the Syrian capital.


Migrants battling exposure as freezing temperatures grip Europe, warns UN agency

11 January 2017 – Sounding the alarm over the situation of thousands of migrants, asylum seekers and others enduring extreme cold conditions across Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, the United Nations migration agency has appealed for immediate action to save them from freezing to death.


Amid dwindling donor support, one million displaced Somali refugees grow hopeless, UN agency warns

10 January 2017 – More than one million Somali refugees who have been displaced from their homes for decades are becoming despondent as they continue to be unable to return home and donor support is growing fatigued, according to the United Nations refugee agency.


This is the ‘moment of truth’ says UN envoy ahead of international conference on Cyprus

09 January 2017 – Speaking ahead of an international conference on Cyprus, the United Nations Special Adviser on the country stressed that the coming days would be crucial for the resolution of the remaining matters, and said that while the path ahead is “going to be difficult,” a solution is possible.


UN agency seeks $813 million to support Palestine refugees fleeing Syria and those in occupied territory

09 January 2017 – With Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory – including East Jerusalem – and those who have fled the conflict in Syria, facing humanitarian crises, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today launched an $813 million emergency aid appeal.


Lack of water access in Damascus is creating risks for children, UN warns

06 January 2017 – Following two weeks with no access to running water for millions of people in and around Damascus due to ongoing fighting near the Syrian capital, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today raised the alarm over a potential increase in diarrheal diseases among children.


Syrian refugees in Lebanon face economic hardship and food shortages – joint UN agency study

06 January 2017 – A joint United Nations agency study has revealed that Syrian refugees in Lebanon remain highly vulnerable and that despite living there for years, their economic situation continues to be difficult, leaving more than a third food insecure.


After five years of ‘ruthless war’ in Syria, 2017 can be a year of diplomacy, says UN envoy

05 January 2017 – Looking back over the past month, which saw some of the most difficult challenges for humanitarian workers in Syria but which also witnessed evacuations of thousands of civilians from war-ravaged eastern Aleppo, United Nations envoys for Syria said today that things have to change in 2017 and that “it can change in 2017.”


‘Give peace a chance,’ urges UN official, reporting sense of optimism as Aleppo ceasefire holds

04 January 2017 – A senior United Nations humanitarian official reported today that though damage to Aleppo was extreme, aid workers were nonetheless inspired by signs of optimism and hope, and asked that peace be given a chance.