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Syria Update 1 giugno

8 set - Casualties from cluster munitions double in 2016; Syrians most-affected

Even as countries continue to ratify and implement the international treaty prohibiting the use of cluster munitions, casualties from these notorious weapons doubled in the past year, with civilians accounting for nearly all the victims, according to a United Nations-backed civil society report. The annual monitoring report released on 31 August at the UN Office at Geneva by the Cluster Munition Coalition revealed that the use of cluster munitions in war-torn Syria and Yemen has caused a lot of civilian casualties. Moreover, in those two countries, conflict and insecurity are hampering clearance of the deadly weapons.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57452#

Forces battling ISIL 'lose sight of ultimate aim' to free civilians from terror: UN rights chief

Forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group in Syria are losing sight of the obligation to protect civilians as the battle to retake Raqqa from ISIL is being waged at the cost of their lives, warned the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein in a news release on 31 August. The High Commissioner called on all those with involvement or influence in the conflict to facilitate the rapid, safe departure of civilians wishing to leave Raqqa, and to ensure the protection of those who remain.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57445#

UN adviser warns trapped civilians face greater risks as Raqqa fighting intensifies
In a statement released on 30 August by the Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng expressed deep concern at the deteriorating situation of up to 25,000 civilians trapped in Syria's Raqqa. He noted that civilians are used as human shields in this de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group under intense bombardment. Reiterating calls for a humanitarian pause to spare civilian lives, Mr. Dieng warned that as the offensive to retake Raqqa reaches its final stages, the fighting is likely to intensify and increase the risks faced by civilians still trapped in the city.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57439#

'Time to shift from logic of war,' put interests of Syrian people first
Calling for creative ways to work towards peace in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura on 30 August outlined the political path forward, which includes holding another round of the so-named Astana talks and behind-the-scenes efforts by the international community. Briefing the Security Council, he noted that the next round of what has become known as the 'Astana talks' – between the Syrian parties in conflict and led by Russia, Turkey and Iran – will be held on 14 and 15 September. The special envoy also noted that the formal intra-Syrian talks in Geneva will take place later in October.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57442#

UNICEF Representative in Syria highlights staggering impact of the war on Syria
“The UNICEF Representative in Syria, Fran Equiza, spotlighted what he calls the staggering impact of the war on Syria, with heavy fighting having displaced thousands of families around Raqqa city and Deir ez-Zour” said the UN Spokesperson at the noon briefing on 25 August in New York. Mr. Equiza just wrapped up a visit to camps in Areesha, Ein Issa and Mabrouka, where he met with displaced children. He said that he is overwhelmed by the profoundly traumatizing experiences children have been through, adding that they have endured brutal violence and lost friends and family members. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that it has been supporting routine immunization programmes which restarted in north-west Syria.
www.un.org/press/en/2017/db170825.doc.htm

UN concerned over access restrictions for over 500,000 people in Syria  

There are still 11 besieged areas, home to more than 500,000 people, where there is no humanitarian relief and no freedom of movement for civilians, said Jan Egeland, Special Adviser to Staffan de Mistura while speaking to the press in Geneva. He added that while eight of these areas had been reached by aid workers, three have not been reached at all. Mr. Egeland noted that the Daesh-held five neighbourhoods of Raqqa are the areas where the needs are beyond belief and where protection concerns are acute. Some 20,000 civilians are believed to be in these areas but there is no way for them to escape.

www.un.org/press/en/2017/db170824.doc.htm

Video: Solidarity Beyond Borders: A Classroom Story
In 2016/2017, UNRWA and the EU partnered to run the My Voice-My School project and connected Palestine refugee students in Syria and Gaza with their peers in Germany and The Netherlands. An eye-opening experience for all involved, an opportunity to have a voice in the wider debate about education and proof, once again, that friendships can be struck beyond borders!
https://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/videos/solidarity-beyond-borders-classroom-story

UN Radio in Arabic

Report: Last year, Syria saw the highest number of victims of cluster bombs

      تقرير: سوريا الأعلى في عدد ضحايا القذائف العنقودية العام الماضي

            http://www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/250782

            01-09-2017

High Commissioner of Human Rights stresses that the battle for Al-Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour should not be at the expense of civilians

             مفوض حقوق الإنسان يؤكد ضرورة ألا تكون معركة استعادة الرقة ودير الزور على حساب المدنيين

            http://www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/250763

            31-08-2017

A UN official calls for the cessation of hostilities to allow for humanitarian access in Raqqa

            مسؤول أممي يدعو إلى وقف إنساني للعمليات العسكرية في الرقة وحماية المدنيين المحاصرين بها

            http://www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/250747

            30-08-2017

An appeal to the Security Council to overcome the dissension in order to end the Syrian conflict

            مناشدة لمجلس الأمن للتغلب على الخلافات من أجل إنهاء الصراع السوري

            http://www.unmultimedia.org/arabic/radio/archives/250734
            30-08-2017

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@UNGeneva, 6 September 

"We are now at a moment of truth" - Staffan De Mistura updated the journalists today in @UNGeneva about the political situation in #Syria

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