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15 stories found over the past 45 days
UN envoy condemns Israel's decision to continue settlement expansion in occupied West Bank

25 July 2016 – The United Nations senior official coordinating efforts toward the peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today strongly condemned the recent decision by Israeli authorities to advance plans to build some 770 housing units in the settlement of Gilo, located on occupied Palestinian land between Bethlehem and East Jerusalem.


UN agency condemns Israel's closures in Hebron as 'collective punishment'

25 July 2016 – The United Nations relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestinian refugees has said that a closure imposed by Israeli authorities in Hebron district is creating serious challenges for humanitarian access, including the delivery of medical supplies, the removal of refuse, and the daily movement of the agency's staff working inside refugee camp.


Ban appoints Chilean national as Deputy Special Representative for Central African Republic

22 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as his new Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).


Syria: Food convoy reaches Serghaya, as UN agencies urge protection of aid workers and sites

19 July 2016 – As humanitarian convoys gain access to hard-to-reach areas in Syria, some United Nations agencies are speaking out about fresh dangers to aid workers.


UN rights office raises concern about Israel's 'NGO Transparency Law'

19 July 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed concern about the so-called “NGO Transparency law” in Israel, saying it would disproportionately affect non-governmental organizations working on human rights and contribute to their de-legitimization.


At Security Council, Ban urges Israel-Palestine talks to overcome ‘political paralysis’

12 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to immediately begin discussions on implementing the recommendations made in a recent report published by the diplomatic partners mediating the peace process as efforts continue to restore hope for a lasting political solution.


'Prevailing calm should not be confused with stability,' warns UN envoy for Lebanon

08 July 2016 – The United Nations envoy for Lebanon has asked the UN Security Council to devote greater attention to situation there, including the deteriorating security conditions, weakening State institutions and the need for continued dispersal of funding for the refugees hosted by the country.


With two-state solution 'slipping away,' UN denounces Israel's settlement, demolition activities

04 July 2016 – The United Nations today condemned Israel for demolishing Palestinians' homes and advancing plans to build new houses for Israeli settlers, amid the prospect of the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict already “slipping away.”


Diplomatic Quartet releases report on advancing two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict

01 July 2016 – The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East peace process today released the first report of its kind, which analysed the impediments to a lasting resolution to the Palestinian–Israeli conflict and offered recommendations on the way forward, urging Israel to stop its settlement policy and Palestine to end incitement to violence.


Quartet report cites violence, settlements and Gaza as barriers to Middle East peace – UN envoy

30 June 2016 – Continuing violence, terrorism and incitement, settlement expansion, and the Palestinian Authority’s lack of control of Gaza are hurting the Middle East peace process, the United Nations envoy today said summarizing the first ever report by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the United Nations, Russia, the United States and the European Union – to the Security Council.