WFP: Arrival of aid convoy in besieged Syrian enclave “a drop in an ocean of needs”
A humanitarian convoy carrying much-needed food and nutritional supplies arrived in the city of Duma in the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta on Monday, the World Food Programme (WFP) has reported.
The trucks carried enough items for 27,500 people and marked the first time in four months that the UN agency and its partners were able to access the area.
Marwa Awad is a Communications Officer with WFP in the capital, Damascus.
She said plans are under way for another humanitarian convoy to be deployed on Thursday.
“This one convoy is not enough in order to cover the needs of the nearly 400,000 people in the inside, and it’s a drop in an ocean of needs. And we very much look forward to and hope to be able to get more access in the future to support the people who desperately need humanitarian assistance.”
UN nuclear agency chief warns against failure of Iran deal
It is essential that Iran continues to fully implement commitments made under a three-year-old nuclear deal.
That’s the message Yukiya Amano, head of the UN’s nuclear energy agency, the IAEA, delivered to its board of governors meeting in Vienna on Monday.
Iran and six powers — China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States — signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in July 2015.
It ensures that the country’s nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes.
Mr. Amano said if the deal were to fail, “it would be a great loss for nuclear verification and for multilateralism”.
Meanwhile, the IAEA continues to monitor the nuclear programme in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which Mr. Amano said remains a serious concern.
He called on the country to cooperate with his agency and to fully comply with its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions.
The Council has repeatedly imposed sanctions on the DPRK, also known as North Korea, in response to its nuclear testing.
London conference to keep focus on Somalia humanitarian needs
The international community will meet in London on Tuesday in efforts to assist Somalia, which continues to face humanitarian challenges amid continued conflict.
The day-long conference is being hosted by the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, and the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID).
Justin Brady heads OCHA’s operations in Somalia:
“The emphasis is to keep the focus on the humanitarian needs in Somalia, which while having improved slightly at the end of last year from the rains that came in October and more so in November, remain historically high. So, we don’t want to lose the attention that’s required for us to sustain an operation that was able to avoid famine in 2017, and the vulnerabilities continue into 2018 and required a continued humanitarian response, while at the same time we have initiated with the Government activities to try and bring together humanitarian and development actors to find solutions to the drivers of crisis in Somalia.”