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Syrian refugee Shadi was living with a host family in North Lebanon and had returned briefly to Syria to visit family there. Upon returning via an unofficial border crossing, he was injured during an explosion. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0221/Kate Brooks

Donors pledge US$3.8 billion to help people in Syria

International donors on Tuesday pledged US$3.8 billion at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.

The UN said the "generous" donor support comes as what it called the "appalling" humanitarian situation inside Syria continues its downwards spiral.

Some 12.2 million people, including 5.6 million children, are currently in need of humanitarian assistance.

According to the UN this is twelve times more than when the crisis erupted four years ago.

Ceasefire in Libya welcomed by UN

A ceasefire and the withdrawal of forces from the Sidra Oil Crescent area in Libya have been welcomed by the United Nations.

The UN Mission in the country, UNSMIL, said the move follows weeks of mediation efforts and is a first step in ending the fighting in the area.

Libyan parties have been negotiating to find a political solution to restore stability in their country, which has been mired in factional fighting since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown nearly four years ago.

Only half of countries reached universal enrolment in primary education

Fifteen years after the international community set education targets for all countries, only half of them have succeeded in ensuring universal enrolment in primary education.

That's according to the UN educational agency, UNESCO, which is launching a new report next week taking stock of progress achieved since 2000.

Despite significant increases in many national education budgets, UNESCO says funding remains the major obstacle.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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