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The text of U.N. Security Council resolution2585 (2021) Adopted by the Security Council at its 8817th meeting, on  9 July 2021.
The text of the resolution reads as follows:


The value of contracts awarded by United Nations agencies to Syrian companies increased by 3.7 percent last year to USD 206.9 million, according to an official report.


The list below includes the names of all the individuals that have been blacklisted by the European Union since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011.


The final statement of the 16th meeting under the "Astana format" in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan on July 7 and 8, 2021.


The following text is a press statement issued by the European Commission on June 29, 2021 to counter what it says are myths spread by the Syrian regime:


Following is the text of United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen's address to the Security Council on June 25, 2021:


The United Arab Emirates has approved the resumption of direct flights to its airports by Syria’s two airlines in a boost for the country’s aviation sector that will also ease Damascus’s isolation.


The table below lists foreign direct investment in the Syrian economy between 1990 and 2020 as recorded by UNCTAD.


No foreign direct investment into the Syrian economy was recorded in Syria in 2020, for the ninth year in a row, according to UNCTAD.


Following is the text of the speech delivered by UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen to the Security Council on May 26.

US Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Mike Gallagher introduced a bill to prohibit the State Department from reversing the US's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.

The Ministry of Health has launched an electronic platform and asked Syrians and non-Syrians living in areas under its control to register their names in order to manage a vaccination campaign launched last week, beginning with health workers.


Syria rose one rank in the Human Development Index in 2019, placing 151 out of 189 countries, but is the worst performing country in the world over the past decade according to the metrics used.


Donors pledged EUR 5.3 billion (USD 6.4 billion) towards humanitarian relief efforts for Syria at a recent conference -- a decrease on last year’s commitments and only around half the funds needed. As the conflict entered its second decade, most countries reduced funding, though both the European Union and Germany increased their contributions.

Statement by UN Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen during the donors conference held in Brussels on March 29-30, 2021.

Prominent Syrian businessman Samer Foz is set to open the country’s largest sugar refinery next month as the country struggles to secure enough of the commodity.


Afek Oil & Gas, an Israeli oil company, has ceased exploration operations in the occupied Golan Heights after finding no light oil resources suitable for commercial development.

The foreign ministers of Qatar, Turkey and the Russian Federation held a meeting on March 11 in Doha, Qatar, to discuss the Syrian crisis and ways of co-operation with the aim of contributing to a lasting political solution.

A Syrian state entity has extended the deadline for a tender to supply 25,000 tons of rice after failing to receive sufficiently attractive offers.

The representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format:


The United Nations humanitarian and Covid-19 response plans for last year received about USD 2.13 billion in funding, a little over half of what the global body says it needed for the plans.


Banque Bemo Saudi Fransi SA, Syria’s largest private conventional bank, has been granted a licence to launch a microfinance project with a prominent forex trader believed to be affiliated with influential Lebanese and Syrian business figures.


Official data showed 536 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Syria over the past week, bringing the total number of cases recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic to 43,592.


The total positive cases of Covid-19 recorded across Syria rose to 41,521 over the past week, up from 40,369 last week. The government took no new containment measures, even as neighbouring Lebanon implemented a strict lockdown.


The two tables below provide data on Syria’s wheat and barley markets for the 2020/2021 season.


Syria has once again hiked prices for Portland cement, although stable production at state-owned factories and a continuous flow of the building material from Lebanon and Turkey has kept supply levels high.


Taiwan will donate USD 500,000 for educational programmes in north-eastern Syria, according to Taiwanese media, in an unusual step given its generally limited engagement with Syria.


Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has ratified an amendment to an Iranian credit line worth USD 1 billion, removing the final barriers to the long-delayed deal and further cementing Tehran’s economic and political influence in the country.

The following text is a statement by the State Department on the international conference on refugees organised in Damascus.

The total volume of Syria’s foreign trade edged down two percent last year, while its trade deficit remained substantial, according to international trade data.


Dozens of fires in the provinces of Lattakia, Tartous Homs and Hama have caused large-scale damage to agricultural areas and led to the evacuation of many people from their homes and lands.


The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Rossiya Segodnya News Agency on October 08, 2020.


The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Russian Zvezda TV Station on October 04, 2020.


Updated on October 01: The Egyptian government is tightening its control over Syrian investments in the country, officially on grounds that it fears some investors could be funded by Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood.


The government’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has updated its inflation data for most of last year, confirming that there was an acceleration in consumer prices.


A senior UN official has said that community transmission of Covid-19 has been widespread in Syria, while a UN document seen by Reuters indicates that a large number of United Nations staff members in Syria have been infected by the coronavirus.


The visit of a high-level Russian delegation to Damascus may signal Moscow’s intent to accelerate its access to lucrative economic deals in Syria. Opportunities remain rare and incentives low, however.


Updated on March 14, 2021: Since the end of June, several subsidised food commodities are no longer being sold by the Syrian Trade Establishment because of various difficulties importing these products. If the problem remains unresolved, the food security of more Syrians will be in danger.


United Nations agencies directly awarded Syrian companies some USD 200 million worth of contracts in 2019, an increase of three percent over the previous year.


The devaluation of the Syrian pound has had an immediate impact on the cost of food products as the government announced a roughly 50-percent increase in the price of sugar and rice, two important elements of Syrians' diets.