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Syria - Office of the UN Special Envoy

Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria

Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a conflict that has forced more than half of all Syrians to leave their homes. With 5.6 million Syrian refugees and 6.6 million internally displaced, the crisis, described as the worst humanitarian disaster of our time with more than 12 million people in need of assistance, has caused untold suffering for Syrian men, women and children.

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Geir O. Pedersen, assumed his mandate on 7 January 2019.

His work is guided by Security Council resolution 2254 (2015). As mandated by this resolution,
the focus of the UN facilitated political process is on governance, a constitutional committee, and UN-supervised elections as the basis for a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned political settlement for Syria. Resolution 2254 also includes a focus on compliance with international law, the protection of civilians and unfettered humanitarian access, the cessation of hostilities, addressing terrorism, and the release of detainees and abductees.