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Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.11

Security Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution on Syria Chemical WeaponsAfter more than two and a half years of stalemate over the situation in Syria, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2118 (2013) on 27 September, prohibiting Syria from using, developing, producing, acquiring, stockpiling or retaining chemical weapons. By its resolution, the Council endorsed the decision of the OPCW Executive Council Continue reading

UN will continue relief work in Syria despite dangers

As part of the humanitarian response, every day, contractors truck nearly four million litres of water to Za'atari camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan. Photo: IRIN/Heba AlyThe United Nations humanitarian chief today reiterated the Organization’s commitment to continue its relief operations inside Syria, as well as in neighbouring countries, adding that protecting civilians is paramount amid the spiralling violence. “Syria and its neighbouring countries are going through a humanitarian crisis on a scale we have rarely seen Continue reading

Security Council considers protection of civilians in armed conflict and stronger peacekeeping mandates

A wide view of the Security Council open debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict. 19 August 2013 New York, United NationsDespite recent strides in strengthening the ability of the United Nations to protect civilians, conflicts around the world were still characterized by a “prevailing disrespect” for the core principles of international humanitarian law, top officials warned the Security Council today. Briefing the Council ahead of a Continue reading

Syrian Crisis: United Nations Response – Update No.3

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks to journalists in Geneva on her priorities for her second term in office, which began last month. 18 October 2012 Geneva, SwitzerlandOn 2 August, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed “deep shock” at allegations that armed opposition groups in Syria executed dozens of Government soldiers captured after a battle in Khan Al-Assal, a district of Aleppo in July. In a press statement, she said that the OHCHR team on the Continue reading

Argentina assumes presidency of the Security Council for August and announces its programme of work

Wide view of the Security Council during its meeting on the situation in Cyprus. The Council voted to adopt resolution 2114 (2013) to extend the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 31 January 2014. 30 July 2013 United Nations, New YorkThe Security Council’s work for August would include two open debates, respectively, on the cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations, and on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, Permanent Representative of Argentina, María Cristina Perceval, said today at Headquarters as she Continue reading

UN releases revised global humanitarian appeal

17 July 2013, Geneva: UN Humanitarian Chief at the launch of the revised global humanitarian appeal for 2013. "This is an extraordinary year, and extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. We need $13 billion if we are to help 73 million people this year.” Credit: UN/Jean-Marc FerreThe UN and its humanitarian partners have revised their global humanitarian plans for 2013, and are now appealing for nearly US$13 billion to provide assistance to tens of millions of people in 24 countries. This is the largest annual amount requested in the history of Consolidated Humanitarian Appeals. This revision replaces the global appeal that was launched in December 2012 Continue reading

World Humanitarian Day video nominated for major award

10 August 2012: The video for the song "I Was Here" has been nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. Credit: Parkwood EntertainmentThe music video produced as the centrepiece of the 2012 World Humanitarian Day campaign has been nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Video With a Social Message. The video for the song ‘I Was Here’, performed by Beyoncé and penned by songwriter Diane Warren, was filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in front of a live audience. It has been viewed more than 21 million times. Continue reading

UN calls to maintain open border access for fleeing Syrians

Antonió Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), launches the organization's “State of the World’s Refugees” publication, now in its sixth edition. 31 May 2012 United Nations, New YorkUN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Tuesday urged countries against restricting cross-border access for Syrian refugees while warning that immediate measures must be taken to mitigate the enormous risks of spill-over and to stabilize Syria’s neighbours. “I reiterate my call to all states, in the region and further afield, to keep borders open and Continue reading