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18 stories found over the past 45 days
After 65 years, UN agency remains ‘vital stabilizing factor’ for Palestine refugees in Middle East – Ban

02 June 2015 – Marking 65 years since the inception of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called it more than just an agency but a “lifeline,” as he paid tribute to its staff especially those who have lost their lives trying to serve others.


UN honours fallen peacekeepers; looks to past, present and future of 'invaluable' operations

29 May 2015 – On the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the “invaluable contribution” of peacekeeping to the history of the Organization and reaffirmed his commitment to improving the effectiveness of 'blue helmets' in the coming years.


Middle East Quartet representative Tony Blair is stepping down, UN and partners announce

27 May 2015 – The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process today announced that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair plans to step aside as the group’s Representative and expressed its “deep appreciation” for his “remarkable service” and commitment to advancing peace and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians.


Funding shortage forces UN agency to halt housing allowance for Palestine refugees in Lebanon

22 May 2015 – A $100 monthly housing stipend per family for Palestine refugees who have fled war-torn Syria for Lebanon will be suspended because of lack of funds, prompting the UN agency assisting those refugees in the Middle East to urgently appeal to donors “to provide the bare minimum assistance” to protect Palestinians from “disastrous” risks such as detention, abuse and deportation.


Health services for Palestine refugees extended despite regional turmoil – UN agency

20 May 2015 – A newly published report by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) spotlights improved health services being delivered to millions in five fields across the Middle East, despite pronounced challenges in the region.


UN officials urge Israel to halt plans to transfer Palestinian Bedouins, expand settlements

20 May 2015 – Two United Nations humanitarian officials with responsibilities in the occupied Palestinian territory have today expressed their grave concern over the Government of Israel’s “rapidly advancing plans” to transfer Palestinian Bedouins in the central West Bank from their current communities.


At Security Council, senior UN official warns Middle East status quo ‘not tenable’

19 May 2015 – The Middle East is threatened by “a vicious tide of terror and extremism” amid stalled peace negotiations and growing regional tensions, a United Nations envoy on the region warned today.


Civilians in Yarmouk facing vulnerability of ‘highest severity,’ says UN agency

18 May 2015 – As the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees in the Middle East continued humanitarian operations in around the Yarmouk Camp, deep concerns remained about violence that continues to profoundly threaten the lives and safety of Palestine refugees.