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49 stories found over the past 45 days
In Helsinki, UN appeals for nearly $5 billion to help Syrian refugees and host communities

24 January 2017 – The United Nations and partners today appealed at an aid conference in Finland for $4.63 billion to help Syrians who fled the country and the communities hosting them.


At talks in Astana, UN envoy on Syria urges mechanism to oversee ceasefire

23 January 2017 – International talks to extend the ceasefire in Syria started today in the Kazakh capital of Astana, with the United Nations Special Envoy said the ceasefire can be solidified if a mechanism to oversee and implement it is created.


Syria: UNICEF calls for unimpeded aid access to children in besieged Deir ez-Zor

23 January 2017 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today called for unimpeded and unconditional access to children in the besieged city of Deir ez-Zor, noting that they have not received regular humanitarian aid for more than two years.


Backlogs and brutal weather put refugee and migrant children at risk in Europe – UNICEF

20 January 2017 – As the extreme cold weather and storms continue to sweep Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.


Alarmed at destruction in Palmyra, Security Council reiterates need to stamp out hatred espoused by ISIL

20 January 2017 – Amid the destruction of cultural heritage in Syria, including that of the famed tetrapylon and parts of the Roman theatre in Palmyra by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the United Nations Security Council has reiterated that the terrorist group must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence, and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.


Syria: Ceasefire a ‘disappointment’ for aid access; UN envoy invited to Astana talks

19 January 2017 – Despite a cessation of hostilities in war-ravaged Syria, aid workers are still unable to reach many people desperately needing assistance, the United Nations reported today, also announcing that Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura will attend upcoming talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana.


Turkey: UNICEF cites risk of 'lost generation' of Syrian children despite enrolment increase

19 January 2017 – More than 40 per cent of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are missing out on education, despite a sharp increase in enrolment rates, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.


Top UN humanitarian official in Syria allocates $19 million for emergency response in Aleppo

18 January 2017 – Amid an overall scale-up in relief operations in Syria, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Ali Al-Za’tari, approved today $19 million from the Syria Humanitarian Fund to sustain immediate life-saving and early recovery assistance for tens of thousands of people in war-ravaged Aleppo.


Syria: Heavy fighting forces UN food relief agency to suspend airdrops in Deir ez-Zor

17 January 2017 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it has been forced to suspend airdrops to residents of the besieged Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor because of heavy fighting between Government forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).


One journalist killed every four days in 2016, UN agency finds

17 January 2017 – More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom.