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Syria's 'disastrous' conflict fuelling child labour and exploitation across region, warns new UN report

New York, July 3 (IBNS) Much more needs to be done to reverse the trend of an ever increasing number of children forced to work as a result of the conflict in Syria often "carrying heavy loads, being exposed to pesticides and toxic chemicals, and working long hours," according to a joint report released on Thursday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children.

Syria: UN special envoy continues consultations on ways to end an escalating conflict

New York, June 27 (IBNS) The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, continues his talks with the parties to the conflict in this country within the framework of the Geneva consultations, having on Thursday met with leaders of the Syrian tribes, according to a UN spokesperson.

UN relief workers press ahead with effort to reach Yarmouk camp in Syria

New York, Apr 24 (IBNS)United Nations relief workers on Thursday provided drinking water, bread and recreational kits for children in displaced communities outside Yarmouk camp, the former heart of Palestine refugee community, and sought access to the besieged suburb itself, where the basic humanitarian needs of some 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians are left unmet.

Syria, other poorly-funded crises to receive $100 million from UN emergency fund

New York, Jan 24 (IBNS) Poorly-funded United Nations aid operations received a boost on Friday when Valerie Amos, the UN's humanitarian chief, announced the allocation of $100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost relief work in twelve countries in need.

Syria: humanitarian efforts falling short, UN relief chief warns, calling for end to violence

New York, Nov 26 (IBNS): While humanitarians have made some progress in delivering much-needed supplies to the growing numbers of people in conflict-riven Syria, efforts by the United Nations and its partners are still falling short, a top UN relief official has said today, calling on the Security Council to push for an end to the violence that is destroying the country and destabilizing the region.

Syria: UN envoy proposes new plan to 'freeze' conflict, promote political solution

New York, Nov 4 (IBNS) The war in Syria must be "frozen locally" on the ground so that the growing threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may be fully confronted, a United Nations envoy said on Monday, suggesting that a peace introduced in increments would also provide all stakeholders with a better understanding of how to bring the three-year conflict to a definitive conclusion.

Syria: Security Council condemns bomb attacks on school in Homs

New York, Oct 4 (IBNS) The members of the Security Council on Friday added their voices to growing condemnation of twin bomb attacks on a school complex in Syria that killed dozens of children.

'Flagrant' violations of international law continue in Syria, top UN relief official warns

New York, July 31 (IBNS) 'Flagrant' violations of international law continue in Syria, Top UN relief official warns With the United Nations and its partners in Syria begin to ramp up aid deliveries across battle lines, the Organization's Emergency Relief Coordinator warned on Wednesday that attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue "in flagrant violation of the most basic principles of international law."

Syria: UN agency urges Europe to shoulder more of refugee challenge

New York, July 12 (IBNS)With Syria heading into its fourth year of conflict, a United Nations agency on Friday called on Europe to do more to help Syrian refugees, after a new report found that some nations in the region are turning back asylum seekers and ‘shouldering only a small part’ of the challenges.

Humanitarian needs outpacing response amid ongoing obstacles to aid delivery in Syria: UN

New York, June 27 (IBNS): Four months after the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding unimpeded access to people in need of assistance in Syria, relief agencies continue to face obstacles to aid delivery while the needs continue to grow and are now outpacing response efforts, the United Nations humanitarian chief reported Thursday.

Syria: UN agency ready to expand aid work in Yarmouk, if reported truce holds

New York, June 24 (IBNS): Following a reported ceasefire in the besieged Yarmouk camp in Syria, the United Nations agency that administers aid to Palestinian refugees across the Middle East said it is ready to resume and expand its humanitarian activities as soon as it has access to the site.

Removal of Syria's chemical weapons material complete: OPCW-UN mission

New York, June 24 (IBNS): The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) announced Monday that the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons material is now complete.

Syria: UN focuses on removal of remaining chemicals

New York, Jun 5 (IBNS): Given that the Jun 30, 2014 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons programme will not be met, the focus now is on the immediate removal of the remaining materials, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) said on Wednesday.

Syria blighted by joblessness, desperation: UN

New York, May 29 (IBNS): Even as the death toll from Syria's three-year civil war continues to rise, the country's human development has also suffered immense collateral damage - the economy has been gutted, the healthcare system is in ruins, and education facilities are "teetering" - according to a new joint United Nations report out on Wednesday.

Syria: UN to create safeguard observatory of cultural heritage

New York, May 29 (IBNS): In hopes of ebbing the 'cultural haemorrhage' in Syria, the United Nations cultural agency on Wednesday announced that it will establish an observatory to monitor and access the state of Syria's cultural heritage which is 'reaching the point of no return.'