Hats off to these six Syrian artists who have made it into the Guinness Book of World Records – and given a Damascus primary school something to be proud of. They’ve fashioned the world’s largest mural made from scrap. Why? “Damascus is wounded and sad… and creating something beautiful from rubbish means that we can rebuild despite the destruction.” Read the article, via BuzzFeed: http://uni.cf/1kD8AgZ
As we mark the third anniversary of the Syria crisis on March 15, we urge you to join the movement to save the youth and children of Syria. Spend a few moments today to learn about the #NoLostGeneration initiative and how you can make a difference by visiting http://www.championthechildrenofsyria.org.
The Geneva conference on Syria has started.
Read all of the statements made at the opening of the Conference here http://ow.ly/sPkqL
Secretary Kerry on the upcoming Syrian Opposition Coalition general assembly meeting, January 16, 2014
Read Secretary Kerry’s full remarks here.
Secretary Kerry listens at the Syrian Donors’ Conference in Kuwait City earlier today. U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis in Syria now totals $1.7 billion.
Secretary Kerry is on travel to Paris, France to attend the London 11 Ministerial to coordinate with key international partners on Syria in advance of the Geneva II conference.
Learn more about his trip at http://go.usa.gov/ZGpw.
On Wednesday UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos did a Twitter chat on the Syria Crisis, taking questions from Twitter users and answering them live. Having been to the region five times in 2013 alone, she calls the conflict in Syria one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world today.
Check the questions and answers on this Storify: http://storify.com/un/askvalerie
As the brutal conflict in Syria nears its third year, 9.3 million people now find themselves in need of humanitarian assistance and growing increasingly vulnerable with each passing day. Sadly, women and children often fare the worst in war, and the crisis in Syria is no exception.
Learn more about a USAID program that provides children with healing and learning spaces that offer a safe, stable environment to learn and play as well as parent support programs on DipNote.
In 2013, as more people than ever sought their news through social media, the State Department expanded its digital engagement. Our goal was, and remains, to find ways to give you more access to foreign affairs information and more opportunities to offer your opinions. Check out 13 stories, as told through social media, that shaped our world this year, and tell us what you think were the most significant foreign affairs events in 2013.