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22 stories found over the past 45 days
New stamps for International Day of UN Peacekeepers unveiled

27 May 2016 – Ahead of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers – celebrated annually on 29 May – the UN Postal Administration (UNPA) today announced the issuance of a set of six new stamps for the occasion.


'The will to advance towards peace clearly exists' in the Middle East – UN envoy

25 May 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today warned the Security Council that, as circumstances on the ground continue to deteriorate, lamenting the disappearance of a negotiated two-state solution has become a “default narrative” for many.


UN rights office 'deeply concerned' about possible imminent executions in Gaza

25 May 2016 – Expressing concern about possible imminent executions in Gaza, the United Nations human rights office today urged the authorities in Gaza to uphold their obligations to respect the rights to life and to a fair trial and not carry out death penalty.


New report shows nearly half UN relief agency’s schools affected by conflicts across Middle East

24 May 2016 – Nearly half of the 692 schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) across the region have been impacted, attacked or otherwise rendered inoperable by conflict or violence in the last five years, according to a new report unveiled at the World Humanitarian Summit, in Istanbul.


WHS: New charter for persons with disabilities endorsed at UN humanitarian summit

24 May 2016 – A new charter to significantly improve living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies has been endorsed at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.


UN envoy welcomes resumption of cement deliveries into Gaza

23 May 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today welcomed the decision to resume the private import of cement into Gaza after nearly 45 days of suspension.


'Together, we can move from aspiration to action,' Ban tells global, regional leaders in Qatar

21 May 2016 – With the Doha Forum meeting “at a time of fragility and vulnerability,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that while progress on the UN's 2030 Agenda is crucial to usher in sustainability and equity, more must be done now to end conflict and suffering.


Four schools or hospitals in crisis zones attacked or occupied every day – UNICEF

19 May 2016 – An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day, according to analysis released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.


UN deputy chief calls for greater integration efforts to meet challenges of refugees in urban areas

18 May 2016 – More than half of the world’s refugees live in urban areas, and often in fragile cities with high levels of inequality, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today, stressing the importance of integration efforts that enable refugees to benefit from the opportunities cities offer so that they can ultimately have a dignified life.


UN humanitarian coordinator calls on Israeli authorities to stop destruction of aid supplies

18 May 2016 – The United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory today condemned the demolition and confiscation of donor-funded humanitarian assistance by the Israeli authorities in the Palestinian community of Jabal al Baba.