UN envoy hopes intra-Syrian thematic discussions will ‘set the stage’ for end to conflict

Returning from consultations with Syrian interlocutors in Damascus and Istanbul, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria announced today that he met with facilitators appointed by the Secretary-General to head working groups designed to find a political solution to the five-year conflict.

‘Time to overcome diplomatic failure’ in Syria, says head of UN-mandated rights probe

It is time to overcome diplomatic failure and recognise that there is a global interest in returning Syria to peace, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry said today, warning that if conflict continues, nations will be “fuelling a war to keep their influence over a country that will barely exist.”

In Jordan, top UN relief official calls for greater support for Syrian refugees, hosts communities

The top United Nations humanitarian official wrapped up a visit to Jordan today with a call on the international community to urgently increase support to Syrian refugees and the local communities hosting them.

‘Simple act of playing represents grave danger for children in Syria’ – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has condemned in the strongest terms mortar attacks on civilian areas of Aleppo, Syria, which reportedly killed at least 19 children yesterday, including six in a UNICEF-supported child friendly space.

UN official appeals to Security Council to find political solution to end nightmare for Syrian people

The United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the Security Council to find a political solution to end the conflict in Syria, warning its members that the fighting had created one of the largest refugee exoduses since the Second World War.

Millions of children in Syria deprived of education, says UNICEF

As children around the world return to school, there are more than two million in Syria who will not be able to join them, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) cautioned today, adding that another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out of school as a direct result of conflict, violence and displacement.

Syria: UN chief promises ‘speedy’ establishment of chemical weapons accountability probe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s authorization to set up an investigative mechanism to identify who is responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, promising its “speedy establishment” and urging full cooperation by all parties in Syria.

UN envoy for education unveils plan to get 1 million Syrian children in school in 21 days

With more than 4 million children having left Syria – half of them for Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey – in a “crisis of biblical proportions,” the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education today said $250 million could get 1 million refugee children in school by the time the UN General Assembly meets later this month.

UN envoy says it is now time to have ‘a real discussion’ to end Syrian conflict

The United Nations Special Envoy on Syria today said the images of the drowned Syrian toddler wearing a red shirt and blue shorts lying face down on a Turkish beach should be a wake-up call to the world that “there is no more time for long political processes,” and it is now time to have “a real discussion” to end the conflict.

UN agency chief and U2’s Bono urge action to address hunger needs of people fleeing conflict

As the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) continues to face challenges in funding its emergency response in Syria, the agency's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin has thanked U2 lead singer and ONE co-founder Bono, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Ireland's Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney for their efforts to give voice and support to the world's hungry poor.