UN food relief agency boosts value of vouchers for Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon

Extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon will now receive higher-value electronic vouchers from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), with an average value of $21 per person per month, or 80 per cent of the full intended value of the vouchers.

Cholera spreading in Iraq, suspected case reported in Syria – UN health agency

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it would start vaccine treatments for cholera beginning this weekend to prevent further outbreaks in Iraq, where the disease has now been confirmed in 15 out of 18 governorates, while the agency also reported a suspected case was also found in northern Syria.

Syrians living ‘tragedy and despair barely imaginable five years ago,’ says top UN relief official

The most senior United Nations humanitarian official today stressed that the failure of parties to the conflict in Syria to uphold the basic tenets of international law has propelled the Syrian people to levels of tragedy and despair which could barely have been imagined five years ago.

Pace of displacement in Syria “remains relentless”

The pace of civilian displacement across Syria “remains relentless”.

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Refugees and migrants reaching Greece soar past half-million mark

The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece this year has surpassed the half-million mark, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.

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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).

"Strong logic" for Yemen talks amid terrorist gains

Talks to decide the future of Yemen could take place before the end of October despite the “deep mistrust” between those involved, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, said Thursday.

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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.