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‘Operating space for humanitarian actors is shrinking’ in Syria, UN relief chief warns Security Council

03 June 2016 – The top United Nations relief official said today he remains extremely concerned about the welfare of civilians across Syria, who he said continue to face “horrific deprivation and violence,” particularly those trapped in besieged areas.


UNICEF Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for greater efforts for children fleeing Syria conflict

03 June 2016 – Following a two-day visit to Lebanon, singer Ricky Martin, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), has called for greater efforts to safeguard the futures of millions of children affected by the Syrian conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities.


In Paris, Ban calls for ‘courage and legitimacy’ to achieve peace in Middle East

03 June 2016 – Terror, violence and the incitement that fuel them, along with the ongoing settlement enterprise and the lack of unity between Gaza and the West Bank are all obstacles that must be overcome on the path towards achieving peace in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling on the international community to exercise its influence to help reach this goal.


UN advisor foresees more humanitarian deliveries this month to besieged areas in Syria

02 June 2016 – United Nations Senior Advisor Jan Egeland said today there are plans to go to 11 besieged areas in Syria in the next few days, following the delivery yesterday of humanitarian supplies in the city of Darayya for the first time since it was besieged in 2012.


Droughts and persisting conflicts exacerbate global food needs – UN agency

02 June 2016 – Droughts linked to El Niño and civil conflicts have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found.


Syria: UN experts urge protection of civilians amid ISIL offensives in country’s north

01 June 2016 – Two United Nations human rights experts today urged immediate protection for thousands of civilians caught up in offensives by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) in the Aleppo region of northern Syria.


Senior UN relief officials express concern over Syrians trapped by fighting in northern Aleppo

31 May 2016 – Two United Nations humanitarian officials expressed deep concerned over the fate of an estimated 8,000 Syrians trapped by fighting around the towns of Mare’a and Sheikh Issa in northern Aleppo Governorate following advances in the past three days by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) into areas controlled by non-State armed groups.


In Egypt, Assembly President points way towards more relevant, responsive and inclusive UN

28 May 2016 – With unprecedented opportunities ahead to enhance the work of the United Nations, as well as that of the wider multilateral system, UN Member States have before them a straightforward “but not easy” road, the President of the General Assembly said today, starting by working harder to make their societies, their economies and their politics more inclusive and more sustainable.


UN agency urges Greece to find alternatives for refugees and migrants at ‘sub-standard’ sites

27 May 2016 – “Seriously concerned” by what it termed sub-standard conditions at several sites in northern Greece where refugees and migrants were evacuated this week from the makeshift site at Idomeni, the United Nations refugee agency today urged the Greek authorities, with the financial support provided by the European Union (EU), to quickly find better alternatives.


UN relief chief calls for more assistance for ‘distressing and dire’ situation of Syrians

27 May 2016 – Following a visit to Hatay in southern Turkey, the top United Nations humanitarian official has called for greater assistance for Syrians in need, both inside the country and across the region, warning that the humanitarian situation for millions of people remains “unrelentingly distressing and dire.”