The particular United Nations is committed to pursuing all avenues to provide help and protection through the most dependable and most direct and effective routes. The decision to confirm the extension of that authorization for an additional six months provides humanitarian needs have reached the highest levels since the start of the turmoil in 2011, with people in Syria grappling with a harsh winter and a cholera outbreak. The following statement was issued today with the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres: Humanitarian access throughout Syria, including through cross-border and cross-line operations, must be expanded and humanitarian actions be broadened through purchase in early recovery projects. The Secretary-General takes note of today’s decision by Security Council to confirm recognized of its authorization for Un cross-border humanitarian operations, which remain an indispensable lifeline meant for 4. 1 million individuals in north-west Syria. The Secretary-General urges Security Council members and others to continue assisting humanitarian partners’ efforts to provide assistance to those who need it all through Syria.