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Syria Update 4 maggio

4 mag - UN Syria Envoy voices concerns over stepped up clashes
The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, spoke to reporters in Astana on 3 May and told them that the United Nations is very concerned at the reports of escalation in Syria, including reports of alleged air strikes. He noted those reports had come at a delicate moment in the Astana discussions where proposals to de-escalate the conflict are under very serious discussion. The Special Envoy called for an immediate investigation and for the immediate institution of measures to ensure that all strikes are halted. 

www.unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/(httpNewsByYear_en)/D6DCF7CDA7203297C12581150054226B?OpenDocument 

Head of World Food Programme wraps up visits to Lebanon and Syria
The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, on 3 May concluded a three-day visit to Lebanon and Syria where he assessed the growing humanitarian needs of vulnerable Syrians and met senior government officials and partners to discuss humanitarian operations in both countries. In his first visit to WFP operations since assuming office last month, Beasley appealed for regular, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to deliver urgently needed food assistance to people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas across war-torn Syria. He commended Lebanon for its generosity in hosting over one million Syrian refugees.
www.wfp.org/news/news-release/wfp-executive-director-visits-lebanon-and-syria-urges-continued-donor-support?_ga=2.168479074.2125837673.1493824288-504537052.1484762675 

www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56673 

UN-Backed convoy delivers aid to besieged area in Eastern Ghouta
On 2 May, a UN-International Committee of the Red Cross-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy delivered life-saving humanitarian assistance for 35,000 people in need in besieged Duma in eastern Ghouta, Rural Damascus. The area was last reached on 19 October 2016. The convoy to Duma highlights that when there is enough political will, security and access challenges can be overcome and life-saving assistance can reach those in dire need of assistance.
www.un.org/sg/en/content/ossg/noon-briefing-highlight 

UN Special Envoy to attend high-level meeting on Syria in Astana
In a press statement of 1 May 2017, the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria announced that he would be joining the high-level meeting on Syria in Astana on 3 and 4 May. In view of the urgency and importance of re-establishing a de-escalation of the situation in Syria and moving on confidence-building measures, the Special Envoy has agreed to attend the meeting as an observer at the invitation of the Kazakh government.
www.unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/(httpNewsByYear_en)/281650A63D326327C1258114002C17B6?OpenDocument 

UN concerned over worsening security, humanitarian situation in Damascus suburbs
The United Nations on 1 May said that it remains deeply concerned by the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the eastern part of Syria’s Ghouta, where some 400,000 people are trapped. “The UN has not reached any part of eastern Ghouta since October last year,” said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in the daily briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.
www.un.org/press/en/2017/db170501.doc.htm 

Young Syrian refugees don't want pity; respect their rights and empower them – UNICEF Advocate
Concluding a visit on 28 April to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan where he met with young people displaced from their homes, an advocate for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) underlined the need to respect their rights and empower them so that they can grow to their full potential. “Young people who survive war have an amazing ability to persevere and become the champions for peace that are so needed, despite the horrors they have been through,” said Ishmael Beah, the UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War.
www.unicef.org/media/media_95902.html 

www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56650 

Courageous Syrian swimmer named UN refugee agency Goodwill Ambassador
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on 27 April appointed Yusra Mardini – a Syrian refugee who together with her sister swam for three hours in the Mediterranean Sea off Turkey’s coast, pulling a capsizing boat of refugees to safety – as its new Goodwill Ambassador. Her actions saved the lives of 20 refugees who were fleeing the Syrian capital, Damascus.
www.unhcr.org/news/press/2017/4/5901978a4/yusra-mardini-appointed-unhcr-goodwill-ambassador.html 

www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56641

Glimmers of humanity’ overshadowed by brutality of attacks on civilians, says UN aid chief
The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, briefed the Security Council on 27 April, noting the intensified fighting on numerous fronts over the last month. He asserted that attacks against medical facilities are completely unacceptable and must stop. He also said that we await the results of investigations regarding the use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun earlier this month.
www.un.org/press/en/2017/sc12803.doc.htm 

www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56640 

Secretary-General appoints new Head of the independent panel to lead the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on the use of chemicals as weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic
The Secretary-General on 27 April announced the appointment of Edmond Mulet of Guatemala to lead the JIM, the panel that will lead the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism. The JIM was established by the Security Council in 2015 on the use of chemicals weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic.
www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/personnel-appointments/2017-04-27/mr-edmond-mulet-guatemala-head-independent-panel-lead 

UN Radio in Arabic
De Mistura joins the Astana talks on Syria on the 3rd and 4th of May
دي مستورا ينضم إلى محادثات أستانة حول سوريا في الثالث والرابع من أيار
www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/240555 
2017/05/01
The United Nations stands ready to reach Eastern Ghouta with assistance as soon as conditions permit
الأمم المتحدة تقف على أهبة الاستعداد للوصول إلى الغوطة الشرقية حالما سمحت الظروف بالمساعدات
www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/240521 
2017/05/01

De Mistura: The date of the Syrian talks will be determined on the basis of the outcome of Asante meeting
.دي مستورا سيحدد موعد المحادثات السورية بناء على نتائج اجتماع أستانه
www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/240366 
2017/04/28

The Lebanese “Restart Center” provides rehabilitation services for about 2,500 refugees, victims of torture and trauma
مركز "ريستارت" اللبناني يوفر خدمات التأهيل لحوالي 2500 لاجئ من ضحايا التعذيب وضحايا الصدمات
www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/240303 
2017/04/28

O'Brien: military tactics in Syria will not lead to peace
أوبراين: إعطاء الأولوية للأساليب العسكرية في سوريا لن يؤدي إلى تحقيق السلام
www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/240271 
2017/04/27 

UNICEF Advocate Ismail Beye: Youth who survive war are the “Heroes of Peace”
مناصر اليونيسف إسماعيل بيه: الشباب الناجون من الحروب أبطال للسلام
www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/240298 
2017/04/27

Briefing of the Emergency Relief Coordinator to the Security Council on the situation in Syria
إحاطة منسق الإغاثة الطارئة أمام مجلس الأمن الدولي حول الوضع في سوريا
www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/240261 
2017/04/27

UNHCR appoints Yousra Mardini as a Goodwill Ambassador
مفوضية شؤون اللاجئين تعين الشابة السورية يسرى مارديني سفيرة للنوايا الحسنة
www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/240226 
2017/04/27

United Nations: Attacks on hospitals deprive Syrians of the right to life
الأمم المتحدة: الاعتداءات على المستشفيات تحرم السوريين من الحق في الحياة
www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/240163 
2017/04/26

Twitter
@OCHA_Syria 3 May
A @SYRedCrescent @ICRC_sy @UN inter-agency convoy just entered besieged #Duma #EastGhouta #Syria with humanitarian aid for 35,000 people

@UN_News_Centre 3 May
In #Lebanon and #Syria, UN emergency food chief @WFPChief appeals for humanitarian access http://bit.ly/2qsgJkG @WFP

@OCHA_Syria 30 April
Sadly, glimmers of humanity overshadowed by attacks on civilians, hospitals & schools in #Syria said @UNReliefChief

@UN · 27 April
Meet @YusraMardini - refugee, Olympian, and the youngest ever UN @Refugees Agency Goodwill Ambassador http://trib.al/lijDRAi #WithRefugees

@UNICEF 27 April
All smiles after being vaccinated against polio. W/ partners, we've launched an immunization campaign in #Syria #foreverychild #VaccinesWork

Social media campaigns

#My Voice-My School is an UNRWA project launched in 2015 and implemented by Digital Explorer to connect schools in Gaza, Syria, Lebanon with schools in Europe and USA through Skype exchanges. Through live video conversations and customized teaching materials, students and teachers explore how education can help them meet their future aspirations. www.unrwa.org/myvoicemyschool 

@ShareTheMeal: In April 2016, the World Food Programme launched its phone application to support fundraising efforts for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. ShareTheMeal’s fundraising aims to support 1,400 refugee children. Through the app, smartphone users can join thousands of other people in making donations and support a selected community and monitor progress. Since the launch of the campaign, nearly 7.5 million meals have been shared.
www.sharethemeal.org 

#Unite4Heritage is a global movement run by UNESCO that aims to celebrate and safeguard cultural heritage and diversity around the world. Launched in response to the unprecedented attacks on world heritage sites, the campaign calls on everyone to stand up against extremism and radicalization by celebrating the places, objects and cultural traditions that make the world such a rich and vibrant place.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1254/ 

#NoLostGeneration: The initiative was launched by UNICEF and partners in 2013 to focus attention on the plight of children affected by the Syrian crisis. By articulating real concerns about the possible ‘loss’ of a generation of children to the effects of violence and displacement, the initiative put education and child protection at the centre of the response inside Syria and across the refugee hosting countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt).
http://nolostgeneration.org/about 

Relevant links to UN Secretariat, Agencies, Funds and Programmes on Syria

DPI Focus Page on Syria:
http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocusRel.asp?infocusID=146&Body=Syria&Body1= 

UN System agencies :
UNICEF: http://www.unicef.org/media/index.html
WFP: http://www.wfp.org/countries/syria
OCHA: http:/unocha.org/syria, twitter.com/ocha_syria, facebook.com/UNOCHA.Syria
WHO: http://www.who.int/countries/syr/en/
UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/4f86c2426.html
UNFPA: https://www.unfpa.org/emergencies/crisis-syria

OHCHR: http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/NewsSearch.aspx?CID=SY
UNRWA: http://www.unrwa.org/
UNESCO:http://www.unesco.org/new/en/syria-crisis-response/
UNESCO Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage Project: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/beirut/areas-of-action/culture/syria/emergency-safeguarding-of-the-syrian-heritage/
UNESCO Observatory of Syrian Cultural Heritage https://en.unesco.org/syrian-observatory/
UNESCO Bridging Learning Gaps for Youth: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/syria-crisis-response/bridging-learning-gaps/

UN on social media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UN
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/unitednations
Tumblr: http://united-nations.tumblr.com/

Photo galleries:
UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c25d.html
UNRWA: http://www.unrwa.org/photogallery.php
OCHA: http://www.unocha.org/media-resources/photo-gallery
UNICEF: http://www.unicef.org/photography/photo_2013.php#UNI82253

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