Displaced residents from east Aleppo rest at a centre where UNHCR and other agencies provide shelter and aid including clothing and thermal blankets in west Aleppo, Syria. © UNHCR/Dima Alnaeb

History will not easily absolve us, but this failure compels us to do even more

Latest from around the UN in response to the situation in Aleppo

The UN System is fully mobilized on all fronts when it comes to advocating for peace and security, working to end human rights violations, calling for access in order to provide life saving aid and much more.

Below is a recap of activities related to the situation in Aleppo over the past few days.

Security Council and Secretary-General

This week United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the fifteen members of the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Aleppo that, “The Security Council has not exercised its preeminent responsibility with regard to the maintenance of international peace and security. History will not easily absolve us, but this failure compels us to do even more to offer the people of Aleppo our solidarity at this moment.”

Read more: It is past time for for the Security Council to to act to end carnage in Aleppo

Human Rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also pleaded with the international community to heed the cries of the women, men and children being terrorized and slaughtered in Aleppo. He went on to call for urgent steps to ensure that the tens of thousands of people who have fled, surrendered or been captured are treated in line with international law.


Newly displaced families from east Aleppo reach a shelter in Mahalej, Syria. © UNHCR/Mohamed Jertila

As they find safety in west Aleppo, displaced residents from the devastated east of the city are telling UNCHR, the UN Refugee Agency, about the violence and shortages that led them to run for their lives.

You can help: Donations allow UNHCR to direct funds where they are most needed, providing protection, shelter, water, health, education and other essentials.

Food aid

The UN’s World Food Programme is ready to deliver emergency food assistance, for at least 120,000 people, to eastern Aleppo city should safe and secure access become possible.

Find our more about what the World Food Programme is doing and how you can help.

Humanitarian coordination

The United Nations OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs) provides constant aid updates from the region. See also:

Our United Nations Foundation colleagues have also shared additional ideas on how to help.

See more updates on the UN’s multilingual social media platforms.

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