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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.”


Amid stalled reconstruction, UN official says 'root causes' of Gaza crisis still unresolved

08 July 2015 – The root causes of last year's conflict in Gaza – which claimed nearly two thousand lives and ravaged large swathes of the Palestinian enclave – remain unaddressed despite a growing humanitarian crisis in the area, the head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has warned.


'Gaza is still in crisis' one year after hostilities, UN relief official warns, urging stepped-up recovery efforts

07 July 2015 – One year after the escalation of hostilities in Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper, today expressed concern over the ongoing humanitarian situation and the slow pace of reconstruction there.


Education 'essential to vision of a life of dignity for all,' says Ban at Norway summit

07 July 2015 – The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and “our moment” to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the past two days.


UN agency for Palestine refugees announces staff reductions amid funding shortfall

29 June 2015 – The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East announced today that it will begin reducing staff numbers in an effort to cut costs amid a wider budget shortfall facing the Organization's presence in the region.


At Security Council, UN political chief warns of precarious situation in Middle East

24 June 2015 – During the past month, the security situation in the Middle East remained tense, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, today reported to the Security Council.


UN report cites possible war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian groups in 2014 Gaza conflict

22 June 2015 – A new report released by a United Nations investigative panel on the possible commission of war crimes in Gaza during the 2014 conflict between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the enclave, has gathered substantial information finding the allegations to be credible, the Organization’s human rights office announced today.