World Vision statement on the adoption of UNSCR 2642 – Syrian Arab Republic

World Vision is deeply disappointed that despite strong justification and efforts for a 12-month renewal, the Security Council finally passed Resolution 2642 today, re-authorizing vital UN cross-border operations in the north. -western Syria via Bab Al-Hawa for only six months. This six-month extension does not allow enough time to plan the humanitarian response and creates unnecessary logistical constraints for the delivery of vital relief.

“It is incredibly disturbing that at a time of such great need, Council members have not been able to put politics aside and allow a further 12 month clearance, which is the absolute minimum necessary. said Johan Mooij, Syria Response Director for World Vision International.

The six-month renewal will require further negotiations and another vote for reauthorization as winter 2023 approaches. This not only makes it difficult for humanitarian agencies to plan and execute the response, but also means that the Assistance is not guaranteed during the harsh winter months, leaving 1.7 million displaced Syrians in the northwest at risk of losing their homes at this critical time.

Syria’s human capital – its children – needs the international community’s attention and sustained investment more than ever. From year to year, the situation has worsened in Syria. Children tell us that no place is safe for them. Their families have become increasingly dependent on humanitarian aid to care for them, and they now fear losing this aid whenever the Council negotiates the reauthorization of this essential mechanism,” Mooij added.