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16 stories found over the past 45 days
On first visit to Gaza, UN official calls for end to Israeli blockade

17 April 2014 – On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the “illegal collective punishment” unleashed on the population there.


In Bulgaria, living conditions for asylum-seekers improves, but gaps remain - UN agency

15 April 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency applauded today the “significant efforts” made recently by the Bulgarian authorities and their partners to improve living conditions for asylum seekers in the country.


UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent takeover of West Bank building by settlers

15 April 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over Al-Rajabi House, a building in the West Bank city of Hebron that was built by Palestinian families but whose ownership was granted to the settlers after a protracted legal battle.


Ban encourages Israeli, Palestinian sides to remain engaged in peace talks

14 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly encouraged Israel and Palestine to remain “constructively engaged” in ongoing efforts towards achieving a two-State solution during separate phone calls over the weekend with the leaders of both sides.


UN confirms receipt of Palestinian applications to join global conventions, treaties

02 April 2014 – The United Nations confirmed today that Palestinian Authority officials have presented letters for accession to 15 international conventions and treaties.


UN official calls for immediate halt to demolitions in East Jerusalem

28 March 2014 – A senior United Nations official expressed deep concern today about the ongoing displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the destruction of their private property following the Israeli authorities’ recent demolition of a two-story building there, which affected a family of refugees as well as some Palestinian 15 children.


Syria: in address to Arab League Ban underscores need for political solution

25 March 2014 – The international community has a duty to help end Syria’s tragic civil war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized today at a meeting of Arab leaders in Kuwait, where he stressed that there is no military resolution to the conflict, which “can only be resolved through a political solution.”


UN envoy gravely concerned at reported plans for new Israeli settlements

22 March 2014 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on Saturday voiced grave concern at the Israeli Government's reported plans to advance over 2,300 settlement units, many of them deep inside the West Bank.


UN expert calls for assessing legal status of prolonged Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands

21 March 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for an assessment by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of the legal status of Israel’s prolonged occupation of Palestinian Territory.


UN spotlights civilian suffering in Syria by screening ‘viral’ image in New York, Tokyo

21 March 2014 – The United Nations has drawn on the bustling energy of two of the world’s most fabled crossroads – New York City’s Times Square and Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing – to spotlight the ongoing struggle of besieged civilians trapped amid Syria’s civil war, launching a “flashmob” and simultaneously showing on the junctions’ mega-billboards the now-iconic photograph of thousands of people in a Damascus refugee camp waiting in line for food supplies.