On September 26th, and following the invitation extended by the International Relief and Development Organization, the Secretary General of the United Towns Agency for International Cooperation, (UTA) Mrs Eya Essif, visited the Zaatari camp on the Jordanian-Syrian border.
It is one of the largest refugee camps in Jordan, the largest refugee camp in the Middle East and the second largest refugee camp in the world. On the sidelines of the visit, the United Towns Agency for North-South Cooperation, represented by its President, Mr. Ghazi Matta and its Secretary General Mrs Eya Essif, in addition to the CEO of the London Arab Organization, Mr. Omar Badour, inaugurated the first children’s playground under the supervision of Kids Around the World.
The Secretary-General appealed to the international community to provide more assistance and attention to the displaced children and to support the Syrian refugees in their plight, which she described as the worst humanitarian crisis of the twenty-first century.
“I appeal to the leaders of the countries to put their differences aside and unite their efforts to end the violations committed against the Syrian people and find effective solutions to end the crisis,” she said during her visit to the Zaatari camp.
She pointed out that she saw many Syrian refugees who were fearful and terrified of the bloody events that occurred in the areas from which they came from.
She stressed that caring for refugees wherever they came was an investment in their right and the right of future generations to return home to rebuild it, noting that this requires an international effort and joint actions.
She also noted the great role that Jordan plays in sheltering refugees and the role of humanitarian relief organizations in this crisis United Towns Agency for North-South Cooperation is an officially accredited organization of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as culmination of its ongoing processes of communication with international mechanisms for the protection of human rights, in particular the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism, in which the Organization has actively contributed since 1982 in assisting States in meeting their international human rights obligations and implementing their voluntary commitments to the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism.