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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine, Syria

09 May 2022

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A displaced family in Al-Andalus camp in the town of Zardana, east of Idlib, Syria. Credit: OCHA/Ali Haj Suleiman

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –  9 May 2022

Ukraine

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths was warmly received in Ankara today by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin. Their discussions focused on Turkish support to the UN’s efforts towards progress on pressing humanitarian concerns in Ukraine.  

Our humanitarian colleagues completed another round of evacuations from Azovstal and other areas around Mariupol. The Humanitarian Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani, said that more than 170 civilians who had endured over 10 weeks of intense shelling and fighting arrived safely in Zaporizhzhia yesterday (Sunday), where humanitarian organizations are providing them with immediate assistance. In total, over 600 people have been safely evacuated over the last 10 days.

At the same time, the Humanitarian Coordinator said that scores of people who wanted to join the evacuation convoys over the last days were unable to do so. The UN will continue its engagement with both parties to the conflict to make sure that those who want to leave have the guarantees to do so safely and in the direction they choose.

On funding to the humanitarian response, the private sector has committed more than US$1 billion of cash and in-kind donations to respond to the needs in Ukraine, and we know that because OCHA has launched the interactive Ukraine Private Sector Donations Tracker today. This tracker has documented this unprecedented show of generosity and aims to improve transparency about humanitarian funding flows going forward.

And on funding to the UNs Flash Appeal, donors have made available $1 billion out of $2.25 billion requested through the end of August.

The UN continues to explore ways to bring together parties to the conflict in a sustained and consistent format to discuss humanitarian issues, including through a Humanitarian Contact Group.

Syria

The European Union is organizing the Sixth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” on 9 and 10 May 2022, as the humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. The situation in the neighbouring, refugee-hosting countries is also getting worse.

Nearly 26.5 million people need humanitarian assistance due to the crisis: 14.6 million people need assistance inside Syria – an increase of 1.2 million from 2021 – and approximately 12 million people across the region, including 5.6 million Syrian refugees and host community members.

Driving the rising needs are a deepening economic crisis, ongoing displacement and climatic shocks, as well as the impact of a decade of conflict which damaged or destroyed much of the country’s public infrastructure and services.

In 2022, $10.5 billion is needed to fully support Syrians and host communities and countries in need. This includes $4.4 billion for the response inside Syria, and another $6.1 billion to support refugees and host communities in the region.

The people of Syria now more than ever need sustained international solidarity and support. We call on donors to pledge generously at the high-level event on 10 May.