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USG Lowcock briefs Security Council on Syria

16 Dec 2020

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock briefed the Security Council earlier today on the humanitarian situation in Syria.

Mr. Lowcock told the Security Council that as another year comes to an end, families in Syria remain without respite after almost a decade of conflict.

“Millions have been displaced and impoverished. Millions have suffered trauma and deep personal loss,” Mr. Lowcock said. “Even as active conflict in some areas has subsided, economic decay and the compounding impact of COVID-19 are driving deterioration in people’s lives experiences. Food insecurity and malnutrition are expected to rise significantly, as is the overall number of people in need of humanitarian assistance.”

The UN humanitarian chief also raised concerns over getting winter assistance to families as temperatures drop, with plans to reach more than 3 million people identified as most in need. Current funding, however, will only allow the UN to reach 2.3 million of them.

He also said that the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Syria continues to rise, though limited testing in all parts of the country makes the extent of the outbreak impossible to assess with any certainty

Mr. Lowcock's full statement is available online.