Statement on Renewing the Humanitarian Lifeline for Millions of People in Northwestern Syria – Syrian Arab Republic
(Rome / Geneva / New York, June 18, 2021): Millions of people are pressed against the border in an active war zone in northwestern Syria and still need humanitarian assistance to survive. The United Nations needs cross-border and cross-border access to reach those who need it most.
We call for the renewal of the Security Council’s authorization for cross-border operations from Turkey to northwestern Syria. Failure to do so would immediately stop the UN delivery of food, COVID-19 vaccines, essential medical supplies, shelter, protection, clean water and sanitation and other life-saving aids to 3, 4 million people, including 1 million children.
The UN is continuing its engagement with all parties concerned to also authorize cross-convoys in the northwest. They are essential for the expansion of the global response, but even if deployed on a regular basis, they could not replicate the size and scope of the cross-border operation. There is simply no alternative.
A large-scale cross-border UN response for an additional 12 months remains essential to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in northwestern Syria.
Mr. Mark Lowcock, Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Mr. António Vitorino, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Mr. David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Program (WFP)
Mr. Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Ms. Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
For more information, please contact:
In New York, Zoe Paxton, [email protected], +1 917 297 1542
In Geneva, Vanessa Huguenin, [email protected], +41 79 202 68 44