As war continues, UN agency maps extensive destruction to Syria’s cultural heritage

The extensive destruction and damage of Syria’s historical and cultural heritage sites demands increased efforts to protect them from the violence of the country’s continuing conflict, a new United Nations report based on exclusive satellite imagery has revealed.

Amid heightened tensions, Security Council extends UN mission in Golan

The United Nations Security Council this morning extended the mandate of its mission in the Golan until 30 June 2015, as it condemned recent fighting in the area and stressed that both Israel and Syria must “scrupulously” abide by the terms of the disengagement accord to prevent any breaches of the ceasefire.

UN launches appeal for life-saving aid to millions of Syrians, support to host communities

As Syria's war rages on into its fifth year, the needs for food, shelter and medicine are astronomical, several United Nations agencies said today as they launched a major appeal, requesting over $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and throughout the region.

Security Council renews cross-border aid delivery to Syria for a year

The United Nations Security Council has today renewed for 12 months the use of routes across conflict lines and several border crossings in Syria so that humanitarian assistance can reach communities in need, as it expressed outrage at the escalating violence that has killed nearly 200,000 people.

Syria: UN food agency's operations secure after funding drive; must raise more in 2015

Having raised $88 million in a 10-day global fundraising effort, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said its funding for December 2014 was secure and the agency could resume providing food assistance through electronic vouchers to 1.7 million refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.

‘Even in war there are rules’ – UN official urges Security Council to enforce protections of Syrian civilians

Despite the United Nations Security Council’s best efforts to limit violence against non-combatants caught up in the ongoing Syrian conflict, civilians in the Middle Eastern country are being subjected to escalating levels of brutality as the war creeps into its fourth year, the top UN humanitarian official said today.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Syrian television journalists

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, today deplored the killing of three Syrian journalists, who were killed while reporting on fighting in the southern Syrian province of Deraa last week.

Surpassing fundraising goal, UN agency restarts urgent food aid for Syrian refugees

A week after launching its social media campaign to raise emergency funding for food assistance aimed at Syrian refugees, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it had not only reached its initial goal of $64 million, but also exceeded it thanks to a “massive expression” of support from the public, the private sector and donor countries.

Syria: UN envoy travels to Turkey for talks on ‘freeze’ of conflict in Aleppo

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura has met officials in Turkey as part of regional consultations related to bringing an end to the nearly four-year Syria crisis.

UN agency launches social media campaign to bring urgent food aid to Syrian refugees

Two days after it was forced to suspend food assistance to millions of Syrian refugees due to lack of funding, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today an ambitious fundraising campaign to drum up support and financing for its life-saving efforts in the war-ravaged country and surrounding region.