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.

'Status quo simply cannot continue in Syria' – UN humanitarian chief

More than five years since the unrest in Syria began, senior United Nations officials today stressed to the Security Council that the status quo in the war-torn country cannot continue, highlighting the effects of the conflict on civilians, especially women and children.

'Rare moment of diplomatic opportunity to end conflict in Syria,' says Ban as talks in Vienna reconvened

While members of an international support group for Syria engaged in “constructive dialogue” in Vienna on how to end the five-year conflict, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is encouraged by the stakeholders reconvening to address the “grave situation” and bring about a political settlement to end the violence as soon as possible.

Joint UN body to probe chemical weapons in Syria is now ‘fully operational’

A joint body between the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria is fully operational as of today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council.

With new UN smartphone app, users can help feed Syrian refugee children with a simple tap

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a free app that will allow smartphone users worldwide to feed hungry children with a tap on their screens.

Ban calls on world leaders to shun xenophobia and open their hearts to refugee influx

Voicing deep concern at those who exploit the suffering of refugees to stoke xenophobia and spew hate speech, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on European leaders, and the world at large, to stand true to the values of human of rights and respect the dignity of people fleeing conflict and poverty in Syria and elsewhere.

Syria: envoy says UN 'ready to support' Vienna talks; build momentum for political solution to conflict

Seeking to maintain momentum for renewed diplomacy towards a political settlement of the conflict in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy on the crisis said today that the UN is ready to support any decision taken at the next round of international talks in Vienna this weekend and that he hopes the discussions yield some deliverables for the long-suffering Syrian people – namely, a lessoning of the violence.

‘Relief now, development later’ approach won’t work in Syria, UN development chief warns

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today said the traditional response to crises of relief first and development later “is not tenable” in a protracted crisis like Syria, where the conflict is now well into its fifth year, and urged all actors to be engaged at the earliest stage in restoring basic services and supporting livelihoods.