UN and partners deliver critical relief supplies to besieged areas of Syria

A joint United Nations, International Red Cross (ICRC) and Syrian Arab Red Crescent operation delivered on Sunday essential medical and humanitarian supplies to 30,000 people in the Fouah and Kefrayah in Idlib governorate and Zabadani and Madaya in the Rural Damascus governorate, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

In Turkey, UN deputy chief says response to migration, refugee movement ‘being tested as never before’

The world’s ability to respond to migration and refugee movement is “being tested as never before,” the United Nations deputy chief today said speaking at the Global Forum on Migration and Development taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, while recalling some key principles underscored by the UN to address this global challenge.

Syria: UN human rights officials alarmed at rise of incitement to religious violence

Senior United Nations human rights officials today expressed their alarm at the rise in violent rhetoric by influential religious leaders – including calls for “holy war” against certain faiths – in relation to the situation in Syria.

‘Transformative political process’ key to resolving Syrian crisis, says UN envoy

Only a parallel, all-inclusive transformative political process that is compliant within the framework of the Geneva Communiqué, can lead to a resolution of the ongoing crisis and Syria and tackle terrorism in the region, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country said today.

Extremists ‘terrified of history,’ UNESCO chief says, deploring destruction of Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

Extremists will “never be able to erase history,” the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said today, condemning the destruction of the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra.

Oman Minister, in Assembly address, says dialogue is key to dispute settlement

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yousef Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah, has been looking forward to a peace and justice world with solving all forms of conflict through dialogue.

Syria: UN cites utter desperation behind ‘tsunami’ of refugees into Europe

Despair at appalling living conditions among the 4 million Syrians who have already fled to neighbouring countries is fuelling the current flood of refugees to Europe as they flee once more, this time from restrictions and under-funded aid programmes that have led to child labour and even ‘survival sex,’ the United Nations said today.

Syria: UN health agency urges donors to assist countries ‘doing the heavy lifting’

Crippling funding shortfalls are hindering the ability of emergency teams to meet the escalating health needs of the millions of Syrians displaced by civil war and donors need to step up support to countries in the region doing the “heavy lifting,” warned the World Health Organization (WHO).

Three new suspected cases of typhoid near Yarmouk camp in Syria

Following humanitarian operations in the southern Syrian town of Yalda, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said it has identified three new suspected cases of typhoid.

Ban praises progress of panel to investigate chemical weapons in Syria

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the leadership of a panel that has been charged with establishing a mechanism to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria.