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Syria Update 11 mag

11 mag - Intra-Syrian talks to resume in Geneva on 16 
Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura announced that he will reconvene the intra-Syrian talks under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva on 16 May 2017. In this round, the Envoy is looking forward to intensified work with invitees on the items on the agenda of the talks, within the context of the overall framework of relevant Security Council resolutions. As preparations for the discussions continue, the Special Envoy reiterated his hope that the agreement reached in Astana, Kazakhstan will be fully implemented bringing about a significant de-escalation in violence, and helping shape an environment conducive to the talks in Geneva. Speaking to reporters in Geneva on 9 May, Michael Contet for the Office of the Special Envoy (OSE) said that it was essential that Syrians felt the difference in their lives with the de-escalation of violence and less fear for their survival. If successful, the de-escalation deal could broaden the space for political mediation and progress. The UN welcomed any effort to bring about this de-escalation and would do everything to support it, he noted.

Secretary-General welcome Astana agreement to de-escalate violence
Secretary–General António Guterres said in a statement on 4 May that he was encouraged by the signing of the agreement in Astana by guarantor countries Iran, Russia and Turkey to de-escalate violence in key areas in Syria. “It will be crucial to see if this agreement actually improve the lives of Syrians”, he pointed out. The agreement includes commitments to ceasing the use of all weapons, particularly aerial assets; to rapid, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access; and to creating conditions for the delivery of medical assistance. The Secretary-General added that the “commitments made should not affect the rights of Syrians to seek and enjoy asylum”. 

Aid convoy reaches 30,000 people in need in Rural Damascus 
A UN/International Red Cross/Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy delivered health, nutrition, water, sanitation and other emergency supplies for 30,000 people in need in the Wadi Barada area in Rural Damascus on 6 May. UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that while the UN welcomes the convoy to Wadi Barada, there remain many other besieged and hard-to-reach areas where assistance has not yet reached over the past weeks due to insecurity and restrictions. The UN continues to make preparations for these convoys to deploy immediately and urges the parties to provide access. 

More than 60,000 people displaced in Raqqa governorate in April as fighting continues- OCHA
As a result of continued fighting in the Raqqa governorate, nearly 67,000 people were displaced during the month of April, according to a report from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Displacement of people increased across the governorate last month compared to previous months since the start of the Euphrates Wrath operation. The estimated total number of internally displaced people in camp stood at 180,400 by the end of April. 

Hunger accelerates global migration WFP study finds
A World Food Programme (WFP) study released on 5 May found that high levels of food insecurity lead to higher levels of migration across borders. Entitled “At the Root of Exodus: Food security, conflict and international migration,” the report explores the role that food security and other factors play in cross-border migration. It is the first time that such a comprehensive analysis has been carried out. According to the UN food agency, people who are displaced often do not want to move from their homes, and try to stay as close as possible to their place of origin. Nearly eight in ten Syrian refugee families interviewed had been internally displaced inside Syria at least once, and 65 percent twice or more. Almost every single Syrian participant in the study strongly affirmed a desire to return to Syria if the situation stabilized and security prevailed. 

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The director of UNFPA/Arab Region calls to find a solution for the situation of the Syrians Refugees at the Algerian-Moroccan borders 
مدير صندوق الأمم المتحدة للسكان في المنطقة العربية يدعو إلى معالجة وضع السوريين العالقين على الحدود الجزائرية المغربية

Intra-Syrian talks resume in Geneva on 16 May 
المحادثات السورية تستأنف في جنيف في السادس عشر من الشهر الجاري

Secretary-General welcomes the agreement between the Guarantor States in Astana 
الأمين العام يرحب بالاتفاق بين الدول الضامنة في أستانة

Food insecurity accelerates the pace of international migration 
انعدام الأمن الغذائي يسرع وتيرة الهجرة الدولية

Special Envoy de Mistura considers what is happening in Astana a positive and promising step 
دي ميستورا يعتبر ما حصل اليوم في أستانة خطوة إيجابية واعدة

WFP Executive Director says access to affected areas in Syria will facilitate the agency’s work and alleviate the plight of people in need 
ديفيد بيزلي: حق الوصول إلى المناطق المتضررة في سوريا سيسهل عمل برنامج الأغذية العالمي ويخفف من محنة المتضررين

Syrian refugees cook for a new future in Portugal 
اللاجئون السوريون “يطبخون” من أجل مستقبل جديد في البرتغال

WFP Middle East‏ @WFP_MENA- 9 May

Success! @WFP & partners completed 236 airdrops delivering food, other supplies for >93,000 people in #DeirEzzor, #Syria. w/ @SYRedCrescent

OCHA Syria @OCHA_Syria- 8 May
Read new @WFP report on food security, conflict and international migration from #Syria and other countries:

OCHA [email protected]_Syria- 7 May
In April alone, an estimated 66,275 people were displaced in #ArRaqqa Governorate #Syria. Read the full report:

WFP Middle East‏ @WFP_MENA- 7 May
#DidYouKnow that, so far this year, @WFP has delivered life-saving food to > 500,000 people in hard-to-reach & besieged areas across #Syria.

OCHA Syria‏@OCHA_Syria- 6 May
Today @UN @SYRedCrescent @ICRC_sy is delivering nutrition, health, education, and emergency aid for 30,000 people in #WadiBarada #Syria

UN Spokesperson✔@UN_Spokesperson- 4 May
Secretary-General @antonioguterres encouraged by agreement in Astana to de-escalate violence in key areas in #Syria

United Nations Retweeted UN News Centre✔@UN_News_Centre- 4 May
[email protected] envoy commends plan to setup de-escalation zones inside #Syria as ‘promising positive step’

Watch students in #Syria talk about project funded by @eu_near @MyVoiceMySchool, and what they gained from it. #forPalestinerefugees – 4 May 

United Nations shared OCHA's photo- 8 May
Education for 4.2 million Syrian children and food for 5.8 million people. These are just a few examples of how the UN and partners helped the Syrian people in 2016. See them all: 

United Nations shared UNHCR video- 7 May
Take a moment to watch this uplifting story of how a Hutterite community in Canada found common ground and friendship with the Syrian refugee family they helped to resettle.

As part of the #EU-supported My Voice-My School project, students at the Nelson Mandela School in Berlin get inspired by the advocacy campaign by their peers in Latakia, Syria, to improve #education for all.

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. 

@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. 

#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 :
OCHA: http:/,, 

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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