Archivo de la categoría: Crisis en Siria

Crisis en Siria: La respuesta de las Naciones Unidas. Boletín Informativo Semanal del Departamento de Información Pública de las Naciones Unidas No. 42 7 de mayo 2014

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UNHCR calls for more international support to countries hosting Syrian refugees

During a meeting in Jordan with top officials from five countries hosting Syrian refugees on 5 May, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres urged the international community to step up its efforts to respond to the growing impact of the Syrian crisis. Together, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt are host to around 3 million Syrian refugees. In a subsequent press statement, the High Commissioner and the ministers called on other nations to increase their financial and development assistance to host countries, and to keep their borders open to Syrians seeking protection. “The truth is that the international support to the governments and the host communities has been minimal in relation to the needs,” Guterres said. “Due to the protracted character of this crisis, this support needs to massively increase in the months to come”, he added.

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Crisis en Siria. La respuesta de las Naciones Unidas. Boletín Semanal del Departamento de Información Pública No. 41 del 30 de abril 2014

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UN Department of Public Information No 41/ 30 April 2014

Secretary-General strongly condemns car bombing in central Homs

In a statement issued on 30 April, the Secretary-General condemned in the strongest terms the car bombing and mortar shelling in the Zahra neighbourhood in central Homs that killed and wounded dozens of civilians. The Secretary-General said he deeply regrets that the attack in Homs comes in the midst of ongoing cease-fire negotiations over the Old City of Homs and urged the government and opposition groups to resist provocative attempts at undermining any peace efforts. He reiterated his position that no side can achieve a military victory in the Syrian conflict. The Secretary-General appealed to all parties to this terrible conflict to at last live up to their responsibility under humanitarian law and stop targeting civilian areas, including through aerial bombardments and barrel bombs.

USG Amos briefs the Security Council on humanitarian access

Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos briefed the Security Council on 30 April on humanitarian access in Syria. Speaking to the media after the consultations, she stressed that far from getting better, the situation is getting worse, and violence has intensified over the past month, taking a horrific toll on Syrians. She also expressed strong concern that less than 10 per cent of the 242,000 people living in besieged areas had received assistance in the past four weeks. While noting that in Syria the UN founding values and the responsibility of a state to look after its own people are being violated every day, she urged the Security Council to not only recognize that reality, but to act on it.


OPCW sets up new mission to investigate chlorine gas attack

Following recent allegations of chlorine gas attacks in Syria, the OPCW Director-General announced on 28 April the setting up of an OPCW mission to investigate facts surrounding these allegations. In a press statement, OPCW said that the Syrian government has agreed to accept the team. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also expressed his support and assured the assistance of the United Nations in providing security and logistical support for the mission.

More than 92 percent of Syria’s declared chemical weapons removed or destroyed

During a press briefing in Damascus, OPCW-UN Joint Mission Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag confirmed that 92 per cent of Syria’s declared stockpile of chemical weapons material has been removed or destroyed in-country to date. “Over the last months, Syria has destroyed all declared production, mixing and filling equipment and munitions, as well as some buildings associated with its chemical weapons programme” she said, noting that a majority of chemical weapons storage facilities have been closed. Regarding the 8 per cent of declared chemical weapons material remaining in Syria, Ms. Kaag encouraged the Syrian authorities to complete the removal in the shortest possible timeframe. “The Joint Mission hopes that having come this close to meeting the target date for the removal of chemicals weapons material, the Syrian Arab Republic will take the final step very soon. Every effort must be made towards achieving the 30 June 2014 deadline set by OPCW Executive Council Decisions and the UN Security Council”, she said.

Gender-based violence on the rise amongst Syrian refugees in Iraq

According to a study conducted by UN Women, gender-based in violence is rising amongst Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The survey found increased levels of intimate partner violence; high levels of sexual harassment by employers and by taxi drivers; and significant numbers of reports of sexual commercial transactions inside and outside the refugee camps. Almost all men reported feeling afraid for the safety of their wives and daughters. Speaking at a launching event in Erbil on 27 April, a UN Women representative said that “‘we just keep silent’ is what Syrian women say they do after they have been violently attacked or harassed or pushed to do some sexually related act against their will”. The report is based on a survey of men and women living inside and outside the camps, carried out between August and December 2013.

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Over 2.9 million children vaccinated across Syria – WHO

27 April 2014, Damascus – The World Health Organization (WHO) and its health partners launched the fourth World Vaccination Week in Syria, which is taking place from 26 April to 1 May 2014. The campaign aims to immunize over 300,000 children who missed their routine vaccination rounds, in addition to women of reproductive age. Since the onset of the polio outbreak in October 2013, WHO, UNICEF, local health authorities and NGO partners have implemented five national polio immunization rounds as part of a strategy to eradicate the disease in Syria. During the most recent campaign, over 2.91 million children were vaccinated in government and opposition-controlled areas.

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Debate de MINNU2013 sobre armas químicas

El segundo día de debate de la simulación del Consejo de Seguridad en MINNU2013 (Modelo Interuniversitario Nacional de las Naciones Unidas) se inició con un debate sobre armas químicas en Siria y la mejor forma de asegurar su destrucción. Los delegados de Estados Unidos, Australia, Pakistán y Ruanda se enfrascaron en una discusión sobre los plazos para dicha destrucción. Sigue leyendo

Alumnos de Uninorte realizan primer modelo sobre Siria

Los estudiantes de relaciones internacionales de la Uninorte realizaron una simulación del Consejo de Seguridad sobre la guerra en Siria. La jornada inaugural se realizó en el auditorio de la Casa de las Naciones Unidas en Asunción.P1060151 P1260102

Los estudiantes de la Uninorte debatieron sobre el tema de Siria

Los estudiantes de la Uninorte debatieron sobre el tema de Siria

El debate continuará en el Congreso Nacional.



Crisis en Siria: Boletín Informativo No.10 25 de septiembre 2013 (en inglés)

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UN Department of Public Information No. 10/ 25 September 2013

On 21 September, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed that it had received an initial inventory from the Syrian Government of its chemical weapons programme, noting that the Organization’s technical secretariat had undertaken a review of the information received. OPCW also said that its State parties continue to consult on the text of the draft decision on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons. Sigue leyendo

Crisis en Siria: Boletín Informativo No. 9 18 de septiembre 2013

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UN Department of Public Information No. 9 /18 September 2013

 The report by the UN chemical weapons inspectors was transmitted to the Secretary-General on 15 September by Professor Ake Sellström, the head of the investigation team. Briefing the Security Council on its findings the following day, the Secretary-General said that the Mission had unequivocally confirmed that chemical weapons have been used in Syria. Inspectors had “collected clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing sarin were used on a relatively large scale in the Ghouta area of Damascus” on 21 August. He underscored that the use of chemical weapons was a war crime and a grave violation of the 1925 Protocol and other rules of customary international law. In his remarks, the Secretary-General also urged Council members to consider ways to ensure enforcement and compliance with the Framework for the Elimination of Syria’s Chemical Weapons agreed upon between the United States and Russia on 14 September. At the same time, he emphasized the critical importance of a political solution, reiterating his readiness to convene an international conference in Geneva as soon as possible. Sigue leyendo

Crisis en Siria: Bolegín No.8 11 septiembre 2013 (en inglés)

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UN Department of Public Information No. 8 /11 September 2013

In a renewed push for the search for a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, the Secretary-General, accompanied by Joint Special Representative (JSR) Lakhdar Brahimi, took part in the G-20 Summit in St Petersburg on 6 September. Addressing the meeting, the Secretary-General reiterated his call to the international community to intensify efforts towards a return to the negotiating table and the rapid convening of the Geneva II conference. Sigue leyendo

Crisis en Siria: Boletín No.7 4 de septiembre 2013 (en inglés)

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UN Department of Public Information No. 7 /4 September 2013

On 31 August, the UN Investigation Team departed Syria and arrived in The Hague after collecting samples from Ghouta, the Damascus suburb that was the scene of an alleged use of chemical weapons. On 3 September, before departing for the G-20 Summit, the Secretary-General told the media that the UN Mission led by Professor Åke Sellström was working “around the clock following its return from Syria to prepare the materials it gathered for analysis. I am pleased to announce that all biomedical and environmental samples will have arrived at the designated laboratories” by 4 September. The results of the analysis would be shared with Member States. The Secretary-General said that “if confirmed, any use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances would be a serious violation of international law and an outrageous war crime.” He again urged the Security Council to unite and develop an appropriate response, should the allegations of use of chemical weapons prove to be true. “The Security Council has a duty to move beyond the current stalemate and show leadership.” He reiterated his call for avoiding further militarization of the conflict and revitalizing the search for a political settlement, cautioning that the world must consider the “impact of any punitive measure on efforts to prevent further bloodshed and facilitate a political resolution of the conflict.” Sigue leyendo

Crisis en Siria: Recopilación informativa de las Naciones Unidas (en inglés) Boletín No.6 del 28 de agosto

Con el ánimo de comprender la crisis en Siria y ayudar a difundir las últimas informaciones, el Departamento de Información Pública de las Naciones Unidas ha elaborado este resumen semanal de lo que sucede en este país del Medio Oriente y la respueta de las Naciones Unidas. 

 As the rumble for military action against Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians in a suburb of Damascus increased, on 28 August, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged that the UN investigation team on the ground be given time to establish the facts.

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