UN News stories


16 stories found over the past 45 days
'The time to act is now;' end children's suffering in Iraq and across the Middle East – UNICEF

22 July 2017 – Calling for “immediate care and protection” for children caught up in violence in Iraq's war torn Mosul and other Middle East conflicts, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that the lives and futures of some 27 million across the region and parts of Africa are at risk.


Guterres 'strongly condemns' stabbing attack that left three Israelis dead in West Bank

22 July 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned yesterday evening's stabbing attack by a Palestinian perpetrator, which resulted in the death of three members of an Israeli family in the Halamish settlement in the occupied West Bank.


UN chief concerned about unfolding violence in Jerusalem's Old City

21 July 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed concern about the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem, which has been the scene of escalating violence in recent days.


UN envoy calls for de-escalation of tensions and violence in Jerusalem

20 July 2017 – Expressing deep concern over a surge in tensions and violence around the holy esplanade of Jerusalem's Old City, the United Nations envoy on Middle East peace today called for de-escalation of the situation.


UN chief calls tolerance, understanding and compassion 'catalysts for peace'

19 July 2017 – Religion is being distorted to increase differences, Secretary-General António Guterres said, urging the international community to counter such narratives.


UN rights group concludes evaluation of Palestinians living under occupation

17 July 2017 – A committee of United Nations experts has completed its annual evaluation of the situation of people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, hearing serious concerns about Israel’s human rights record, including the deteriorating situation in Gaza, inadequate protection for detained children and increasing obstacles being faced by human rights defenders and journalists.


Guterres condemns deadly attack on Israeli police officers in Old City of Jerusalem

14 July 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned this morning’s deadly attack by three assailants that left two Israeli police officers dead and leaving a third one injured in the Old City of Jerusalem.


New sites inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage list

12 July 2017 – The World Heritage Committee wrapped its 41st session today having inscribed 21 new sites on the United Nations cultural wing’s World Heritage List – locations ranging from the site of iconic ancient ruins in south-western Turkey to a district of stunning mountains and mirror lakes in England.


Living conditions in Gaza 'more and more wretched' over past decade, UN finds

11 July 2017 – A decade after Hamas seized the Gaza Strip, the living conditions for two million people in the Palestinian enclave are deteriorating “further and faster” than the prediction made in 2012 that the enclave would become “unlivable” by 2020, a new United Nations report has found.


Reconsider charges against Palestinian human rights defender, UN experts urge Israel

07 July 2017 – Voicing concern over the reactivation of charges – some of which date back a number of years – against a Palestinian human rights defender, two independent United Nations experts have called on Israel to strictly abide by international law in its dealings with rights defenders.