UN News stories


21 stories found over the past 45 days
Selecting a new UN Secretary-General: a job interview in front of the whole world

08 April 2016 – The selection process for a new United Nations Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, will for the first time in history involve public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the world’s top diplomatic post.


UN agency condemns large-scale home demolitions in West Bank

06 April 2016 – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has condemned today’s large scale home demolitions by Israeli authorities in the Bedouin refugee community of Um al Khayr in the South Hebron Hills.


Israel halts cement deliveries into Gaza following allegations of diversion; UN envoy urges rapid resolution

04 April 2016 – The United Nations Middle East envoy today the UN is working closely with Palestinian and Israeli authorities following Israel’s suspension of cement deliveries to private companies in the Gaza Strip “following allegations that a substantial amount had been diverted from its intended legitimate beneficiaries.”


UN rights office 'extremely concerned' about killing of Palestinian man in West Bank

30 March 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today said it is extremely concerned about the apparent extra-judicial execution last Thursday of a Palestinian man in the Hebron.


UN chief visits Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, meets Middle Eastern leaders in capital

27 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his trip to the Middle East today with a visit to Jordan alongside World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, where they met with refugees from the Zaatari camp, as well as with senior government officials from Palestine, Turkey and Jordan, including King Abdullah II.


In Lebanon, UN chief and World Bank President show commitment to leaving 'no one behind'

25 March 2016 – While in Lebanon today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim underlined the UN system's commitment to the country, calling for additional funds for a refugee camp, inaugurating a new social development centre, and announcing a new financing plan for Lebanese schools.


Time 'to ring the alarm bell' on waning prospects for Middle East peace, UN envoy tells Security Council

24 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Middle East today warned the Security Council that the prospects for an independent Palestinian state are disappearing, and questioned the political will of the Israeli and Palestinian actors to address the main challenges blocking peace efforts.


In Lebanon, Ban prasies country's generosity towards Syrian refugees

24 March 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived this morning in Lebanon, starting with a visit to the Headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, in Naqoura and then holding a joint press conference where he praised the generosity the country and Lebanese people have shown towards Syrian refugees.


Progress made on humanitarian track for Syria, UN advisor reports

23 March 2016 – The advisor to the United Nations envoy on Syria today reported further progress in the humanitarian relief efforts in the conflict-battered country, with access to more areas, allowing the delivery of medical kits as well as vaccines for children.


Diplomatic Quartet to prepare report to lay ground for Israel-Palestine talks – UN envoy

23 March 2016 – The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today unveiled a plan by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, Russia, the United States and the European Union – to produce a report that would help create a political environment for the two sides to resume peace negotiations.