Ban strongly condemns use of chemical weapons and toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria conflict

Deeply disturbed by continuing reports of the use of chemical weapons, as well as the use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned any such use by any party to the conflict and stressed that the entire international community has the responsibility to hold the perpetrators to account.

UN humanitarian chief urges Security Council action to end ‘immense suffering’ of Syrians

The United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the Security Council to do everything in its power to push for a political solution to end the conflict in Syria, as he described the immense suffering and destruction he witnessed for himself during a recent visit.

UNICEF demands that water not be used to achieve ‘military and political gains’ in Syria

Amid the unremitting brutality of the war in Syria and a scorching summer heat wave, there is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains, warned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Syria: UNESCO chief condemns destruction of Palmyra’s ancient temple

Extremists “cannot silence history,” the Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, declared today, firmly condemning the destruction of Palmyra’s ancient temple of Baalshamin, in Syria, a World Heritage site.

Ban calls for restraint as violations jeopardize ceasefire between Israel and Syria

Deeply concerned over the serious violations of the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria, United Nations Secretary-General ban Ki-moon today called on all involved to exercise maximum restraint to prevent any further escalation in an already tense regional environment.

In Syria, UN agency reports jump in typhoid cases among Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk camp

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today said it has now identified 23 cases of typhoid among the civilian population from the Yarmouk refugee camp, more than threefold increase in the number of six cases first identified on 18 August.

UNESCO chief deplores killing of two leading scholars of Syrian antiquities

Within one week, the Syrian cultural heritage community suffered two immense blows with the murder of archaeologist Khaled Assad in Palmyra, and the killing of the Assistant Director of laboratories at the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums, Qasem Abdullah Yehiya, in Damascus, according to the United Nations.

Security Council backs UN special envoy’s plan to move Syrian political process forward

The United Nations Security Council reiterated today its demand that all parties to the conflict in Syria must cease any attacks against civilians, as well as any indiscriminate use of weapons in populated areas, and work towards a political solution to the years-long crisis.

‘Horrified’ by immense human suffering in Syria, UN relief chief urges all parties to protect civilians

Horrified by the "total disrespect" for civilian life in Syria, as evidenced by yesterday's airstrikes on a market in Douma, the top United Nations humanitarian official today warned that the protracted conflict in the country not only severely affects the lives of millions of people, but also threatens the stability of the entire region and beyond.

UN human rights experts welcome release of Syrian human rights defenders

Welcoming recent release of three human rights defenders from Syrian Government custody, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights panel today urged the authorities to grant an independent organization regular access to those allegedly detained.