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Middle East: Appealing for ceasefire, Ban urges Israel, Palestinians to find common ground

10 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned the United Nations Security Council of the “risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza” and made an urgent appeal for maximum restraint, saying his “paramount concern is the safety and well-being of all civilians, no matter where they are.”


UN health agency presents new plan to eliminate tuberculosis in low-burden countries

03 July 2014 – The United Nations health agency today presented a new plan aimed at eliminating tuberculosis (TB) in over 30 countries with low levels of the infectious airborne disease.


UN urges ‘maximum restraint’ as tensions rise after missing Israeli teens found dead

01 July 2014 – With tensions mounting in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip following yesterday’s discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing since mid-June, the United Nations is today calling strongly on all Israelis and Palestinians to exercise maximum restraint and to prevent the situation from worsening further.


UN political chief urges restraint by Israelis, Palestinians amid volatility on the ground

23 June 2014 – Amid a “critical” security situation on the ground, the United Nations political chief today called on Israelis and Palestinians to exercise maximum restraint and find a way to return to negotiations.


UN, Islamic cooperation body can work together to address global challenges, says Ban

18 June 2014 – In his address to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted ongoing collaboration between the two organizations on a range of immediate challenges and long-term pursuits, including the crises in Iraq, Syria and the ongoing peace efforts in the Middle East.


UN chief condemns abduction of three Israeli youths, urges restraint

15 June 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the abduction of three Israeli students in the West Bank, urging everyone to exercise restraint and to support efforts for the release and safe return of the young people, who include two minors.


In Gaza, senior UN envoy pledges support as Palestinian unity government takes shape

08 June 2014 – The senior United Nations envoy in the Middle East visited the Gaza Strip today for the first time since the signing of the Beach Camp Agreement and the formation of a Palestinian government of national consensus, and pledged the Organization's ongoing support as the nascent process moves forward.


Worsening health of Palestinian detainees on hunger strike draws concern of UN human rights expert body

05 June 2014 – Gravely concerned about the reported worsening health of more than 75 Palestinian detainees on hunger strike now in hospital protesting Israel’s continued use of administrative detention, members of a United Nations committee today urged Israel to end the practice and heed the “desperate plea” prisoners to be told what they are accused of so they can mount a defence.