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27 stories found over the past 45 days
Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes ‘contrary to international law,’ UN experts warn

25 November 2014 – The Israeli Government’s use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that the practice – which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory – is a violation of human rights law.

‘Peace process hangs from a thread,’ UN warns ahead of Day of Solidarity with Palestinians

24 November 2014 – United Nations officials today voiced their solidarity with the people of Palestine, while calling on both sides involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to cease acts of violence, overcome their differences, and resume peace talks with a clear framework towards resolving the decades-long dispute.

UN says Palestinian refugees from Syria face ‘increasingly grave’ situation region wide

24 November 2014 – The plight of Palestine refugees from Syria in the Middle East is becoming increasingly grave caused by closed borders and a series of forced returns from neighbouring countries, Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said today.

Middle East: UN-backed reconstruction efforts set to kick-off in Gaza next week

21 November 2014 – The next phase in reconstruction efforts for war-ravaged Gaza is slated to begin as early as next week following an updated “understanding” between Israeli and Palestinian stakeholders, the United Nations special envoy in the region has announced.

UN strongly condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue

18 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem that claimed four lives and injured several persons, calling for political leadership and courage on both sides to address the “very tense” situation in the region.

Human Rights Council president hails body’s success as duties increase, resources shrink

17 November 2014 – Presenting the annual report of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the body’s President, Baudelaire Ndong Ella, told the General Assembly today that the Council has bolstered its reputation and credibility over the years through the work of its special experts and carrying out the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

UN official calls on Israeli, Palestinian leaders to make ‘difficult compromises’ for peace

17 November 2014 – Preventing a further escalation of tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and returning to negotiations has never been more important, a senior United Nations political official told the Security Council today, calling on leaders from both sides to make the “difficult compromises” that will promote stability and ensure long-term security in the region.

G-20 countries have political responsibility to tackle world's greatest challenges Ban

15 November 2014 – With the planet and its people facing serious security, developmental and environmental challenges, G-20 countries possess not only the political power to set us on a better course, but a political responsibility to do so, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Brisbane, Australia.

Palestinian students in UN relief agency schools meet with success in face of adversity

13 November 2014 – Palestinian students attending United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools for refugees in the West Bank, Gaza and Jordan are achieving higher-than-average results in international assessments despite their challenging circumstances, a new World Bank report said today.

Middle East: UN chief urges calm as Israeli-Palestinian tensions flare

11 November 2014 – Amid an outburst of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties to do everything they can to reduce the simmering hostilities and continue, through dialogue, on the path to peace.