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UN envoy eyes new political initiative in Syria talks; his advisor says taskforce ‘failed’ people of Darayya

01 September 2016 – The United Nations envoy for Syria said today that he plans to present a “quite clear political initiative” during the week preceding the General Assembly so that the stalled peace talks could resume by the time the Security Council holds another meeting on Syria on 21 September.


UN agency applauds US leadership on refugees as 10,000th Syrian refugee arrives

01 September 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the news of the arrival of the 10,000th Syrian refugee in the United States.


UN’s top relief official: World body is impartial in its humanitarian work in Syria as it is elsewhere

01 September 2016 – The top United Nations relief official today outlined how the humanitarian work of the world body in war-torn Syria is guided by impartiality and the key imperative of saving lives.


In 10 countries with highest out-of-school rates, 40 per cent of children not accessing basic education – UN

01 September 2016 – As millions of children around the world prepare to return to school this month, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today highlighted that in the top ten countries with the highest rates of children missing out on primary education, nearly two in every five children – 18 million – are out of school.


UN aid chief extremely concerned over evacuation of Syrian town of Darayya, cites need for compliance with humanitarian law

31 August 2016 – The top United Nations humanitarian relief official has expressed extreme concern over the recent evacuation of the entire population of the besieged Syrian town of Darayya, following an agreement between representatives of Darayya and the Syrian Government – and highlighted how the move does not comply with international law.


UN official highlights challenges of humanitarian operations in Syria

30 August 2016 – Addressing the media in Geneva, a United Nations spokesperson today highlighted the challenging working environment in which UN humanitarian agencies are operating in within Syria and flagged that aid is being delivered to all those who need, regardless of their affiliation and where they live.


INTERVIEW: The Syrian forces and ISIL used toxic chemicals as weapons – report

30 August 2016 – The Syrian Airforce and ISIL used toxic chemicals as weapons, according to a new report issued on Tuesday by Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), and mandated by the UN Security Council.


US admits more than 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal 2016 – UN partner agency

30 August 2016 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has helped resettle more than 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States during the year ending 30 September, without compromising the integrity and security of the processing mechanism.


UN envoy ‘greatly regrets’ intensification of fighting in Syria

30 August 2016 – Regretting the intensified fighting and grave humanitarian situation in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, reiterates the need for a political solution to the conflict there, according to his spokesperson Jessy Chahine.


Reverse ‘negative trajectory’ and restore hope for two-state solution, says UN Middle East envoy

29 August 2016 – The United Nations senior official coordinating efforts towards the peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today reiterated a call for both sides to work towards a negotiated two-state solution which envisages the co-existence of Palestine and Israel as amicable neighbours.