UN News stories

8 stories found over the past 45 days
'Status quo' not sustainable, UN and Middle East partners warn

12 February 2016 – Condemning all acts of terror and urging restraint amid continuing violence against civilians, the United Nations and its Middle East Quartet partners today called on all parties to actively take steps to de-escalate current tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

Saudi Arabia donates $59 million to UN agency assisting Palestine refugees

04 February 2016 – Shelters, schools and health centres in Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan will benefit from $59 million donated by Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Near East under three agreements signed today.

Op-Ed: Don't shoot the messenger, Israel – Ban

01 February 2016 – In Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, 2016 has begun much as 2015 ended — with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized public discourse. That polarization showed itself in the halls of the United Nations last week when I pointed out a simple truth: History proves that people will always resist occupation.

UN chief 'alarmed' by Hamas leadership's pledge to keep building tunnels, firing rockets at Israel

30 January 2016 – Alarmed by recent statements from the Hamas leadership in Gaza about the group's intention to continue building tunnels and firing rockets at Israel, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said such remarks and actions do “serious disservice” to the enclave's long-suffering people and put at risk the international community's humanitarian and development efforts.

FEATURE: Remembering Jean Gazarian, a witness to UN history

28 January 2016 – The United Nations mourns the loss of Jean Gazarian, a staff member whose six-decade career offered him a rare opportunity to witness the various moments and milestones along the path that saw a nascent 51-member Organization develop into the 193-strong world body it is today.

Palestinians losing hope under ‘stifling’ Israeli occupation – UN chief

27 January 2016 – Amid ongoing violence in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated today that he can understand why Palestinians are losing hope in the face of nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation, a statement that has provoked criticism that he was “giving terror a tailwind.”

INTERVIEW: resolving conflicts key to stemming global displacement, says new UN refugee chief

20 January 2016 – Multiple conflicts have resulted in the massive displacement of men, women and children around the world in record numbers. Last year alone, more than one million refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean to Europe. And yet, the arrivals in Europe represent only a fraction of the world’s current 60 million refugees and displaced people – the highest level since the end of the Second World War.

Faced with Israeli denial of access to Occupied Palestinian Territory, UN expert resigns

04 January 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories is resigning due to Israel's failure to grant him access to the areas he is tasked with monitoring.