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UN chief appoints new Special Coordinator for Middle East peace

05 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Nickolay Mladenov of Bulgaria as his new Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, the UN Spokesperson’s office announced today.

'2015 is a chance to change history,' Ban tells UN Youth Forum

02 February 2015 – This generation of young people – the largest the world has ever seen – has a historic opportunity to end poverty, combat climate change, create jobs and fight injustice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a Youth Forum at UN Headquarters in New York this morning as he called on the participants to get involved in shaping a future sustainable development agenda.

Middle East envoy Serry ‘outraged’ by attack on UN Gaza compound

28 January 2015 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, Robert Serry, has expressed outrage by the assault on the UN premises in Gaza this morning.

Lack of funds forces UN agency to halt Gaza programme for repairs to destroyed homes

27 January 2015 – The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East announced today that a major funding shortfall has forced the suspension of its cash assistance programme that would have helped families in Gaza repair their homes and provide rental subsidies to people left homeless after last year's conflict in the enclave.

UN Messenger of Peace honoured for anti-hunger efforts

22 January 2015 – United Nations Messenger of Peace Princess Haya Al Hussein, of Jordan, was today awarded the 2015 Hunger Hero Award by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) during a ceremony at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

International Criminal Court opens initial probe into recent Gaza conflict

16 January 2015 – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today announced that she has opened a preliminary examination into the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, following the accession earlier this month by the Palestinian Authority to the Court’s founding Rome Statute.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict heads into uncharted territory as mistrust deepens, UN official warns

15 January 2015 – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now entering uncharted territory as tensions between the two sides escalate and an “ever-widening trust deficit” risks hampering future peace talks, a senior United Nations political official told the Security Council today as he urged Palestinians and Israelis to “plot a course” and work towards a negotiated resolution.

Top UN relief official warns humanitarian workers facing ‘increasingly complex’ situations

14 January 2015 – During a lecture delivered at the Council on Foreign Relations, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator described the increasingly complex environments in which humanitarian actors work, as they deal more and more with the consequences of crises whose roots lie in poor governance, political paralysis, underdevelopment, and rising levels of poverty and inequality.