U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will be represented at talks about Syria in Moscow next month, his spokeswoman Juliette Touma said on Tuesday. "The Office of the Special Envoy will be present at these talks. The Office of the Special Envoy welcomes any initiative that would push forward reaching a peaceful and diplomatic end to the crisis in Syria," she added. Mohammed Qaddah, vice president of the Syrian Coalition…
Thursday, 01 January 2015 10:13

Red Cross to Triple Health Budget for Syria

The Red Cross on Tuesday said it wanted to triple its health budget for conflict-riven Syria to 12 million euros, saying several clinics had either been damaged or closed. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies also appealed for health kits and said it needed a total of 122 million Swiss francs (101 million euros, $123 million) to cater to eight million people in Syria in…
The General Assembly voted on a non-binding resolution condemning violations of human rights in Syria. The draft resolution, adopted by 116 votes to 20, with 52 abstentions, was submitted by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The states that voted against the resolution include China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Zimbabwe, while the abstainers include a number of Arab countries such as Algeria, Sudan, Yemen and Lebanon. Both Qatar and Saudi…
Saturday, 20 December 2014 10:31

UNICEF Appeal: $900 Million for Syrian Children

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Thursday it needs more than $900 million next year to help children affected by Syria's civil war, AFP reported. "The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times," said UNICEF's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, Maria Calivis, ahead of the launch of a major UN appeal for Syrian refugees in Berlin later Thursday. "By the end of…
Saturday, 20 December 2014 10:26

U.N. Seeks $8.4B for Syria Humanitarian Aid

The United Nations launched its biggest ever humanitarian appeal for Syria Thursday, seeking $8.4 billion after only securing about half the funding it asked for in 2014. The aid is desperately needed to provide help to 18 million people in both Syria and scattered through the region, as well as the countries and communities struggling to host them, U.N. officials told a donors’ meeting in Germany. Some 200,000 people have…
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