Syria crisis a ‘blot on our collective conscience’ UN relief chief says, urging sustained aid access, funding

Speaking from Damascus today, the top United Nations relief official said the situation in Syria is “unacceptable,” with nearly 13.5 million Syrians in need of some form of assistance, and he urged the international community to generously support the UN’s $3.2 billion humanitarian operations plan for the war-torn country.

UN agencies relaunch winter aid programme to support vulnerable Syrian children in Jordan

As the harsh winter approaches Jordan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) launched the winter cash assistance programme again, that will allow vulnerable Syrian families in Za'atari and Azraq camps to buy warm winter clothing for all their children.

Ceasefire in Homs has 'great value' in showing a nationwide truce in Syria is possible – UN envoy

The United Nations in Syria and its partners have evacuated more than 300 fighters along with their families from the last rebel-held neighbourhood of the western city of Homs, as part of a local truce the UN Special Envoy for Syria has described as having “great value” toward demonstrating that a nationwide ceasefire is “doable.”

UN agency urges Jordan to allow 12,000 desperate Syrian refugees stranded at border

Amid worsening conditions inside Syria, the United Nations refugee agency today expressed grave concern for nearly 12,000 people trying to flee the country who are now stranded in remote areas along the north eastern Jordanian border, and urged the Government of Jordan to allow them entry, prioritizing admission for the most vulnerable.

Syria: UNICEF plans to reach 2.6 million children with winter supplies and cash assistance

Warning of harsh winter conditions looming for more than eight million Syrian children living inside the war-ravaged country or as refugees around the region and beyond, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced a package of assistance for 2.6 million Syrian children, including cash assistance, in addition to ongoing humanitarian programmes.

Amid ‘relentless’ violence and destruction in Syria, UN deputy relief chief urges greater civilian protection

Against the backdrop of devastating attacks on health facilities resulting in the deaths of countless health workers along with their patients in Syria, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang today called for greater protection and assistance for Syrians caught up in the country’s four-year conflict.

UNICEF calls for end to attacks on civilian infrastructure after air strike cuts water supplies to Aleppo

An air strike on a water treatment plant in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo last Thursday cut water supplies to some 3.5 million people, and while pumping has been partly restored, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that 1.4 million still have interruptions in their supply.

Syria: UN envoy meets opposition groups on effort to broker ceasefire, political transition

Stepping up efforts to broker a ceasefire in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, is briefing various opposition groups on latest international efforts to end a five-year conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and driven millions from their homes.

Security Council calls for eradicating ISIL safe havens in Syria and Iraq

The United Nations Security Council this evening called on all countries that can do so to take the war on terrorism to territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq and destroy its safe haven, warning that the group intends to mount further terror attacks like those that devastated Paris and Beirut last week.

Syria: UN envoy cites possibility of ceasefire, future political framework to end conflict

After briefing an informal session of the United Nations General Assembly about the “deliverables” that had come out of the recent international talks in Vienna on the Syria crisis, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura today indicated the possibility of a ceasefire in the war-torn country, through continued discussions and with active inclusion of all parties involved in the conflict.