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Syria: UN condemns camp bombing, underlines political solution ‘more urgent than ever’

06 May 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior United Nations officials today “unreservedly” condemned yesterday’s bombing of two camps for displaced people in Sarmada, located in north-western Syria, which according to early reports by first responders, killed around 30 civilians including children.


Syria: UN relief chief calls for probe into air strikes that left dozens dead in Idleb

05 May 2016 – The top United Nations humanitarian official has called for an immediate, impartial and independent investigation into the air strikes that today left dozens of civilians dead and injured in the northern Syrian Governorate of Idleb, which, if found to be deliberate, could amount to a war crime.


At World Humanitarian Summit, leaders must take ‘bold decisions’ for real change – UN

05 May 2016 – As world leaders prepare to gather for a first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey later this month, the United Nations humanitarian coordinators for the Middle East and North Africa today called on the international community to assume its responsibility in finding solutions to end the widespread conflict and humanitarian crises in the region.


No corner of Aleppo is being spared, Security Council told, as UN officials urge end to ‘carnage’ in Syria

04 May 2016 – The cessation of hostilities in Syria Must be put back on track, the United Nations political chief today told the Security Council, as the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said “there can be no explanation or excuse” for waging war on civilians, in Aleppo or anywhere else in the crisis-riven country.


Syrian refugee begins Olympic torch relay in Brasilia – UN agency

03 May 2016 – Flanked by cheering crowds, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee girl ran with the Olympic flame through Brasilia today, kicking off a relay across the host country ahead of the Olympic Games in August, the United Nations refugee agency announced.


Security Council demands protection for hospitals and health workers in conflict zones

03 May 2016 – With increasing wartime assaults on and patterns of systematic destruction of health facilities in countries affected by conflict, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today to strengthen protection for health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones.


UN envoy ‘cautiously hopeful’ for re-launch of truce in Syria

03 May 2016 – Following discussions in Moscow on the intra-Syria talks, the United Nations envoy facilitating the process has said that he is cautiously hopeful that the cessation of hostilities pact will be re-launched, “perhaps even later today.”


Greater assistance needed to help tackle Iraq’s humanitarian crisis – UN refugee agency

03 May 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency has reported that Iraq will continue to need greater humanitarian assistance as the country’s displacement crisis shows no sign of easing, with more than 3.4 million people displaced and ongoing conflict causing thousands more families to leave their homes in search of safety.


UN refugee agency appoints Cate Blanchett as global Goodwill Ambassador

02 May 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today announced the appointment of Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett as a global Goodwill Ambassador.


Syria: UN chief calls on warring parties to put cessation of hostilities 'back on track'

02 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the warring Syrian sides to immediately recommit to the cessation of hostilities and uphold their responsibility to protect civilians, his spokesman said today.