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Gaza could become uninhabitable in less than five years due to ongoing ‘de-development’– UN report

01 September 2015 – A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current economic trends persist.


Security Council warned that ‘risk of escalation in Israel and Palestine is palpable’

19 August 2015 – The top United Nations political official today warned the Middle East has recently witnessed “unconscionable” hate crimes, “reprehensible” retaliatory violence, provocations at Jerusalem’s holy sites, and a worrying increase in rockets launched from Gaza towards Israel, as he urged all sides to work together to reduce tensions and prevent extremist attacks.


New UN agency report shows ‘unprecedented’ rise in infant mortality in Gaza

13 August 2015 – A new study carried out by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has revealed that the infant mortality rate in the Gaza Strip has risen for the first time in 50 years, with the agency’s health director citing the ongoing blockade as possibly contributing to the trend.


In video call, UN chief says education remains ‘passport to dignity’ for Gaza’s children

10 August 2015 – Access to education can provide Gaza’s children with a “passport to dignity” and help break the cycle of poverty and violence that has afflicted the troubled enclave for decades, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Israeli settlement expansion ‘root cause’ of growing violence in Occupied Palestinian Territories – UN experts

10 August 2015 – A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has cited Israel's policy of settlement expansion as a primary driver of the escalating violence in the area.


Donors urged to meet critical funding shortfall faced by UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees

04 August 2015 – Voicing concern over the financial situation confronting the United Nations agency assisting Palestine refugees, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all donors to urgently ensure adequate and sustainable financing for vital services as soon as possible.


INTERVIEW: The toughest spokesperson's job in the world?
A decade speaking out for Palestinian humanitarian needs

03 August 2015 – Chris Gunness has served as the Spokesperson and Director of Advocacy and Communications for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for almost a decade.


Decisive action by Israel and Palestinians can dispel view that peace process ‘on life support’ – UN envoy

23 July 2015 – Welcoming the recent stated commitment by Israeli and Palestinian leaders to a peaceful solution to the region’s most enduring crisis, the United Nations special envoy on the Middle East told the Security Council today that such words need to be translated into “concrete and sustained actions on the ground.”