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Syria: UN chief implores world to reenergize political talks on ending bloodshed

12 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the international community cannot afford to lose focus or turn away from war-torn Syria, and called for renewed political efforts to end what is now, after three years of bloodshed, the biggest humanitarian and security crisis in the world.


Third Syrian refugee camp set to open in Jordan at end of April - UN

11 March 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is assisting with perparations for new Syrian arrivals once Jordan’s third refugee camp opens on 30 April, a spokesperson today confirmed.


INTERVIEW: UN relief official recalls ‘a day from hell’ amid ongoing strife in Syria

11 March 2014 – “Where have you been? What took you so long? Why is it only after a year that the UN would try to reach us knowing that we have been here for that long?”


Number of children affected by conflict in Syria has doubled since last year - UN

10 March 2014 – As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has released a new report that carries alarming news: more than twice as many children are affected by the hostilities than were 12 months ago, and particularly hard hit are up to a million children trapped in areas that are under siege or that are hard to reach with humanitarian assistance due to continued violence.


Syria: clashes hamper UN agency's effort to reach Palestinians in Yarmouk camp

09 March 2014 – Violence has again disrupted efforts to deliver aid to a besieged camp on the outskirts of Damascus, the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East warned today, as UN and other humanitarian agencies launched a global campaign demanding immediate access to all civilians in war-torn Syria trapped by the violence.


Iraq: UN refugee agency concerned over worsening crisis in Anbar Province

07 March 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency reports today that the security situation in Iraq’s Anbar province continues to deteriorate, with the number of people displaced in the area of Heet increasing by some 25,000 in just this past week, as the crisis enters its third month.


Ahead of International Women’s Day, UN asks men to ‘stand up and deliver’ on human rights for all

07 March 2014 – On the eve of International Women’s Day, the United Nations has launched the “He for She” campaign urging men to stand up for the rights of their mothers, sisters and daughters, while top UN officials stressed that human rights for girls and women are not a dream but a duty of all.


Security Council sets out steps to combat violations against children in armed conflict

07 March 2014 – The Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution setting out practical steps to combat violations against children in armed conflict, as United Nations officials underscored the need to do more to ensure that children are protected and perpetrators are brought to justice.


OPCW-UN mission chief welcomes recent progress on chemical removal from Syria

05 March 2014 – A recent acceleration of efforts by Syria and the submission of a revised timeline for removing toxic agents bode well for meeting the 30 June 2014 deadline for destroying the country’s chemical weapons programme, the official charged with overseeing the venture said today after briefing the United Nations Security Council on progress to date.


Attacks, sieges of civilian areas leading to mass casualties, starvation in Syria – UN panel

05 March 2014 – Widespread attacks and sieges on civilian areas in Syria by pro-Government forces are leading to mass casualties, malnutrition and starvation, says a United Nations-appointed human rights panel, which also cited inaction by the Security Council as an enabler for the escalating violence.