In a recent exchange of letters, the United Nations (UN) and the Humanitarian Action Coordination Office (HAC) have reaffirmed their commitment to providing vital humanitarian aid to the people of northern Syria, particularly in the war-torn region of Idlib. This collaboration aims to improve the living conditions and alleviate the suffering of millions of Syrians affected by continuous bombardment and displacement.
The UN, along with its implementing partners, plays a crucial role in delivering humanitarian assistance and protection to vulnerable populations in northwest Syria. Guided by the core principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence, the UN seeks unimpeded access into and within Idlib, including through the Bab al-Hawa border crossing.
Recognizing the importance of humanitarian principles and the dignity of beneficiaries, HAC strives to be a central point of contact between international, regional, and global humanitarian coordination platforms and implementing agencies operating in northwest Syria. Established in 2022, HAC is a non-profit Syrian institution based in Idlib. Its primary objective is to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and adaptability of humanitarian work in response to emergencies and changing circumstances.
The non-profit emphasizes the significance of border crossings, particularly the Bab al-Hawa crossing, in delivering humanitarian aid and improving the overall humanitarian situation for the 4.5 million Syrians residing in the region. HAC advocates for joint humanitarian coordination to elevate the work from immediate relief efforts to long-term rehabilitation and economic stimulation, providing job opportunities and sustainable livelihoods for the affected population.
In response to HAC’s concerns and recognizing the importance of the Bab al-Hawa crossing as a lifeline for the Syrian people, the UN has requested, and been granted, independent authorization to utilize the crossing for delivering humanitarian aid and facilitating the passage of UN teams on humanitarian missions.
The recent correspondence between the UN and HAC highlights their shared commitment to supporting humanitarian operations and improving the overall humanitarian situation in northern Syria. By working together, they aim to address the evolving needs of the affected population, coordinate program and project pathways, and ensure the delivery of aid to the most vulnerable groups.
The collaboration between the UN and HAC underscores the importance of transparency, accountability, and neutrality in all aspects of humanitarian work. By constantly evaluating their efforts and seeking feedback from partners and affected communities, they strive to make tangible changes in the lives of those most in need. It is hoped that through their joint efforts, the UN and HAC can provide essential support to millions of Syrians, improve living conditions, and contribute to the long-term recovery and stability of the region.