UN Security Council must reauthorize vital UN cross-border response within a month – Syrian Arab Republic

New York, NY, June 9, 2022 – Today marks exactly one month before the UN Security Council is due to vote to renew a resolution that authorizes the transfer of aid across the northwestern border of the Syria. Since 2014, this mechanism has been a lifeline for millions of people in Syria. Currently, no less than 4.1 million people in the northwest of the country depend on it to meet their basic needs, such as access to food, shelter and healthcare.

Last year, the UN reached more than 2.4 million people every month in the northwest through its cross-border response. Failure to renew will jeopardize access to food aid for more than a million people, as well as essential medical supplies and humanitarian aid for many more. Due to the scale of the UN’s cross-border response, NGOs, like the IRC, will simply not be able to grow and fill the gaps.

Tanya Evans, IRC Country Director in Syria, said:

“Across the country, Syrians face the imminent threat of hunger. In the northwest, the area most dependent on cross-border UN support, already more than 70% of the population lack The conflict in Ukraine has further aggravated this dire situation with supplies in the country heavily dependent on food imports.

The humanitarian case for cross-border assistance is more evident now than ever, and with no currently viable alternative, the United Nations Security Council now has the important responsibility of ensuring that it continues for another 12 months. starting July 10. »

In addition to the devastating effects on food security, if the resolution is not renewed, millions of Syrians risk losing access to life-saving health assistance. Supplies and funding from UN agencies enabled by the cross-border mechanism are a lifeline for thousands of Syrian health centres, providing more than 4 million Syrians with essential vaccines, medicines and medical equipment.

The IRC calls on the UN Security Council to ensure that aid reaches Syrians in a principled manner, wherever they are and on the basis of need alone, by re-authorizing cross-border resolution next month for at least another 12 months.

Note to Editors

The IRC has worked in Syria since 2012, responding to needs in the northwest and northeast. IRC promotes economic recovery with skills training, apprenticeships and support for small businesses. IRC teams support early childhood development and provide counseling and protection services to women and children, especially victims of violence. We support health facilities and mobile health teams with life-saving trauma services and with primary, reproductive and mental health services. Our response to COVID-19 includes promoting awareness campaigns and training health workers in infection prevention and control. The IRC also supports Syrian refugees in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.

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The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore the health, safety, education, economic well-being and power of people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC works in more than 40 countries and more than 20 American cities to help people survive, regain control of their future and strengthen their communities. . Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC at Twitter & Facebook.

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