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22 feb - Addressing the Security Council on 21 February, the Secretary-General António Guterres said he was deeply saddened by the terrible suffering of the civilian population in Eastern Ghouta where 400,000 people live in “hell on earth”. “This is a human tragedy that is unfolding in front of our eyes, and I don’t think we can let things go on happening in this horrendous way”. The Secretary-General expressed his support for ongoing consultations taking place in the Security Council regarding a month-long cessation of hostilities in Syria. However, he warned that “Eastern Ghouta cannot wait”. Mr. Guterres also appealed to all those with influence for an immediate suspension of all war activities in Eastern Ghouta to allow humanitarian aid in as well as the evacuation of an estimated 700 people in need of urgent medical treatment.

In an earlier statement on 20 February, the Secretary-General noted that the area was part of a de-escalation agreement reached in Astana, reminding all parties, particularly the guarantors of the Astana agreements, of their commitments in this regard. The Secretary-General urged all stakeholders to ensure that basic principles of international humanitarian law are adhered to, including unhindered humanitarian access, unconditional medical evacuations, and the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.

Special Envoy for Syria appeals for end to fighting in Eastern Ghouta

Speaking to reporters in Geneva on 20 February, Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura stressed the need to avoid a further escalation of the fighting in Eastern Ghouta. “We are looking in front of us at an increasing tragedy”, he warned. The Envoy urged all those who have influence on the Syrian Government and on militant groups fighting in that area to use that influence to avoid any further escalation. Meanwhile, on the political front, Mistura, continues to work towards the establishment of a constitutional committee comprising representatives of the Government, the opposition, civil society, rebel leaders, women and other sectors of society, as well as towards the next Geneva talks, for which there were as yet no dates or other details.

UN official decries attacks on hospitals in Eastern Ghouta

In a statement on 20 February, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Panos Moumtzis, condemned the continued targeting of medical facilities in Eastern Ghouta. “I am appalled and distressed by reports of the horrifying attacks against six hospitals in East Ghouta over the past 48 hours, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries, and depriving thousands of men, women and children of basic health services in the besieged enclave. These attacks are completely unacceptable. I remind all parties that attacks against medical facilities is prohibited under international humanitarian law”.

Lebanon’s development under pressure due to Syria crisis

Wrapping up his first official visit to Lebanon, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Achim Steiner, said on 16 February that Lebanon’s social services, infrastructure and jobs were under pressure due to the impact of the Syria Crisis. “Almost seven years into the Syrian conflict, Lebanon remains at the forefront of one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time and continues to show exceptional commitment and solidarity to people displaced by the war in Syria”, he said. In his meetings with the Prime Minister, Mr. Saad Hariri, the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Nabih Berri, and the Minister of Interior Mr. Nouhad Machnouk, Mr. Steiner discussed some of the challenges Lebanon faces. “Every refugee would like to return home but, in the meantime, until conditions permit, our role is to assist Lebanon in managing the global public good it provides. At the same time the United Nations is working day and night to find a political solution in Syria”, he added.

UN Refugee chief hails Turkey’s role as host to the world’s biggest refugee population

During a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on 15 February, UN Refugee chief Filippo Grandi praised Turkey’s hospitality towards Syrian refugees, and its policy of inclusion by providing access to education, health care and employment. “Turkey and its people have provided safety and refuge to millions of Syrians fleeing war and destruction back home,” the High Commissioner said. Mr. Grandi described Turkey’s inclusive legal framework towards refugees as a positive example that would help to shape UNHCR’s drafting of a comprehensive global compact on refugees, due to be presented to the UN General Assembly later this year. Besides more than 3.5 million refugees from the seven-year conflict in Syria, Turkey also plays host to hundreds of thousands who fled conflict and instability in countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

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UN Secretary-General expresses grave concern over the escalation of fighting in Eastern Ghouta

                                                                       الأمين العام يبدي القلق البالغ إزاء التصعيد في الغوطة الشرقية

UN warns humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta is ‘out of control’

                                            الأمم المتحدة تحذر من خروج الوضع الإنساني في الغوطة الشرقية عن نطاق السيطرة

Dangerous conditions in Eastern Ghouta, 30 civilian allegedly dead in Douma

                                                           أوضاع خطرة في الغوطة الشرقية وأنباء عن مقتل 30 مدنيا في دوما

World Food Programme reaches Deir ez-Zor following the lifting of the long siege by ISIS

                                                          برنامج الأغذية العالمي يصل إلى دير الزور بعد رفع حصار داعش

UNDP: Lebanon’s development under pressures due to Syria crisis

 برنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي: تطور لبنان يتعرض لضغوط بسبب الأزمة السورية

Special Envoy de Mistura: military escalation in Syria undermines efforts for a political solution

 دي مستورا: التصعيد العسكري في سوريا يقوض جهود الحل السياسي


United Nations@UN- 21 February

"I am deeply saddened by the terrible suffering of the civilian population in eastern Ghouta: 400,000 people who live in hell on earth."

-- @antonioguterres on the situation in Syria.


OCHA Syria Retweeted CARE ( 20 February

Nearly 200 dead in two days in heavy airstrikes in #Syria. The bombings near Damascus have forced CARE's Syrian humanitarian partners to halt the delivery of lifesaving aid to thousands of people.

OCHA Syria- 20 February

6 hospitals in besieged #EastGhouta #Syria reportedly attacked in past 2 days, causing dozens of deaths and injuries, and depriving thousands of people of health services

UN News @UN_News_Centre- 20 February

Civilian situation in Syria’s #EastGhouta ‘spiraling out of control,’ warns @UN aid official ►

UNICEF MENA@UNICEFmena- 20 February

We no longer have the words to describe children’s suffering and our outrage.

Do those inflicting the suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?




UN in Syria Retweeted OCHA Syria- 19 February

One-month cessation of hostilities urgently needed to access all those in need across #Syria particularly those in hard-to-reach and besieged areas including #eastGhouta

UN in Syria Retweeted OCHA Syria – 19 February

Today, escalation of hostilities in besieged #EastGhouta #Syria resulted in the deaths of over 40 civilians and more than 150 injuries. Imperative to end this senseless human suffering now.

Read full statement:

UN in Syria Retweeted Jakob Kern @JakobKern1961 (@WFP Representative and Country Director) 19 February

Fighting in #EastGhouta has to stop NOW so we can assist the 400K civilians with food, medicines and other items. @WFP @UNinSyria #Syria

WFP Middle [email protected]_MENA- 18 February

On the ground in #Syria, our team visits families in Deir Ezzor to assess food & humanitarian needs. This is the first @UN access since the siege was lifted, revealing extremely dire conditions.

[email protected] – 18 February

"I'd like to be a pharmacist in the future,” says Bayan, who had to leave her home in Daraya &now attends school in Jaramana camp. The teachers have made her feel at home. Thanks #Japan for supporting our schools #Japan4UNRWA #DignityIsPriceless #FundUNRWA

[email protected]_Syria -18 February

An estimated 61,000 people reportedly returned to #ArRaqqa city but

explosive hazards contamination continues to hamper humanitarian access and poses a serious threat to the returning population

Latest @UNOCHA report on north-east #Syria


UNRWA- 18 February

Samar is an Arabic teacher in Jaramana refugee camp in #Syria. She was displaced from Yarmouk refugee camp in 2012. Many of her students are displaced too. “We work hard to create an enabling environment for the students,” she says. Japan supports 190 teachers in UNRWA schools across #Syria #Japan4UNRWA #DignityIsPriceless #ForPalestineRefugees #FundUNRWA

Social media campaigns

UNRWA Global fund-raising campaign

UNRWA launched in January 2018 the #DignityIsPriceless global campaign in response to the unprecedented funding reductions by the U.S. Government to protect the dignity of Palestine refugees by providing emergency food assistance to the most vulnerable, and by not disrupting the education of their children and healthcare for families. Through a call to action, UNRWA aims to raise five hundred million USD (500$M). #FundUNRWA #DignityIsPriceless

#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.

@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, more than 15 million meals have been shared.

#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.

#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).

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

DPI Focus Page on Syria:

UN System agencies :



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UNESCO Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage Project:

UNESCO Observatory of Syrian Cultural Heritage

UNESCO Bridging Learning Gaps for Youth:

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