UN Aid Access Agreement Could Save Thousands of Lives in Syria – Save the Children

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WESTPORT, Conn. (October 2, 2013) — The United Nations Security Council agreement on access for humanitarian relief across Syria could save the lives of thousands of innocent children trapped by fighting and who have been denied access to aid, Save the Children said today.

The aid agency welcomed the UN Security Council presidential statement calling on all parties to strictly respect their obligation to facilitate "unhindered humanitarian access" — including through cross-border assistance — throughout Syria.

The charity called for detailed reporting back into the Security Council from teams on the ground on relief delivery to ensure the agreement translates to aid reaching more than seven million people inside Syria who desperately need it.

"We welcome the UN Security Council statement as an important first step but we know from past conflicts how easy it is for agreements to be made on paper but no action to be delivered on the ground," said Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles.

"The fight to save Syria's children is not yet won. The serious work begins now; following this agreement we need the international community to commit to a concrete delivery plan to provide millions inside Syria with food, medicine and shelter."

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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