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UN Assembly hears Holocaust survivor’s plea to never forget ‘all human life is sacred’

28 January 2015 – As part of the annual events at the United Nations to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the General Assembly today heard a Holocaust survivor and a former World War II veteran recount the horrors they had witnessed some 70 years ago as they urged the world “not to forget that all human life is sacred.”

Lack of funding hampering humanitarian aid to war-affected Syrians – UN relief official

28 January 2015 – More funding is urgently required for humanitarian organizations to help people in desperate need in Syria, the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council today during a briefing on the situation in the country.

Middle East envoy Serry ‘outraged’ by attack on UN Gaza compound

28 January 2015 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, Robert Serry, has expressed outrage by the assault on the UN premises in Gaza this morning.

Lack of funds forces UN agency to halt Gaza programme for repairs to destroyed homes

27 January 2015 – The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East announced today that a major funding shortfall has forced the suspension of its cash assistance programme that would have helped families in Gaza repair their homes and provide rental subsidies to people left homeless after last year's conflict in the enclave.

Demolitions, displacements in West Bank ‘must stop immediately,’ urges UN envoy

23 January 2015 – The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory expressed concern today over the Israeli authorities’ recent spate of demolitions of Palestinian homes in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

International Criminal Court opens initial probe into recent Gaza conflict

16 January 2015 – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today announced that she has opened a preliminary examination into the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, following the accession earlier this month by the Palestinian Authority to the Court’s founding Rome Statute.

UN ‘barbershop’ conference aims to dispel stereotypes, promote gender equality

15 January 2015 – Looking to promote change in how men and boys think and talk about women’s empowerment and gender equality, the United Nations is hosting at its New York Headquarters a two-day high-level “Barbershop” event, which this afternoon focused on initiatives that aim to support non-sexist male attitudes and behaviours between men.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict heads into uncharted territory as mistrust deepens, UN official warns

15 January 2015 – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now entering uncharted territory as tensions between the two sides escalate and an “ever-widening trust deficit” risks hampering future peace talks, a senior United Nations political official told the Security Council today as he urged Palestinians and Israelis to “plot a course” and work towards a negotiated resolution.