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Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information

This covers the call by the UN on 8 June asking for humanitarian access in Syria in the wake of reports of attacks on two medical facilities in eastern Aleppo, announcement by Special Advisor Jan Egeland of plans to go to 11 besieged areas in the coming days, the briefing to the Security Council by Stephen O’Brien that ‘Operating space for humanitarian actors is shrinking’ in Syria, Syrian and international experts agreeing on emergency measures to safeguard Syria’s heritage, UNICEF Ambassador Ricky Martin calling for greater efforts for children fleeing the Syria conflict, condemnation by UNRWA of the escalation of violence in Syria, which it said was claiming Palestine refugee lives and destroying civilian homes, and other items.

The update, issued on a weekly basis, aims at providing an overview of the latest UN activities in response to the crisis, based on UN material.

United Nations Ebola Response: Information & Facts

Health Workers in Liberia Battle EbolaThe United Nations has launched an unprecedented response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa which is being coordinated through the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). UNMEER is the first-ever UN emergency health mission, temporary in nature it will respond to immediate needs related to the fight against Ebola.  Continue reading

8 things you need to know about the Syrian crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) speaks with a distressed woman during his tour of the Syrian refugee camp at Islahiye in southern Turkey, near the border with Syria. Mr. Ban is on an official visit to Turkey, where he will also meet with the country’s political leaders. 07 December 2012 Islahiye, TurkeyThe United Nations and its partners have dramatically increased their 2013 humanitarian appeal for Syria to approximately US$4.4  billion, from the $1.5  billion that was requested to cover January to June. This reflects the fact that the needs of people in Syria, and of those who have fled the country, are growing by the day. This appeal is the largest humanitarian Continue reading