The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted Resolution 2332 renewing access for the UN and its humanitarian partners to deliver aid to Syria through four crossing points from Turkey and Jordan and within Syria across conflict-lines. 

The resolution expresses outrage at the unacceptable and escalating level of violence and the killing of well over a quarter of a million people, including tens of thousands of children.  

Humanitarian assistance is required by more than 13.5 million Syrians, of whom 6.5 million have been forced from their homes and 3.9 million are living in hard-to-reach areas.  Resolution 2332 grants the UN access to deliver much needed assistance including food, blankets, hygiene kits, nappies, medical items and education supplies.   

New Zealand played a leading role in shepherding through the resolution along with Spain and Egypt.   

Permanent Representative Gerard van Bohemen says “The people of Syria have endured a brutal war for six years.  In some areas, no food or medical provisions have been delivered for months.  We call on the Syrian authorities and others who control access to civilian populations to respond in a timely manner to the UN’s requests to make deliveries to besieged and hard-to-reach areas.”   

Resolution 2332 also reiterates the need for a political solution to the Syrian conflict.