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Despite small upturns, UN experts note deteriorating human rights in Occupied Palestinian Territories

06 May 2016 – A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, during which representations were made by civil society organizations, UN representatives and Palestinian officials on a wide range of issues affecting the Palestinian and Syrian people in territories occupied by Israel.


At World Humanitarian Summit, leaders must take ‘bold decisions’ for real change – UN

05 May 2016 – As world leaders prepare to gather for a first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey later this month, the United Nations humanitarian coordinators for the Middle East and North Africa today called on the international community to assume its responsibility in finding solutions to end the widespread conflict and humanitarian crises in the region.


Humanitarian operations to support Palestinian refugees continue near Syrian capital – UN agency

05 May 2016 – Following intense fighting between armed groups inside Yarmouk camp, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that it has been able to continue its humanitarian operations in Yalda, near Damascus, since Monday.


Budget woes ‘costly distraction,’ Ban says, urging reliable funding for UN Palestine refugee agency

04 May 2016 – A consequence of failing to fund the activities of the United Nations agency tasked with ensuring the wellbeing of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East would be an increased risk of extremism, more poverty, and a region even more riven by conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, urging donors to step up their financial support.


BAKU: at UN forum, Arab entrepreneur touts potential of virtual games to make real-world impact

27 April 2016 – “In a virtual world, everyone can be a world-saving hero,” an Arab entrepreneur from Israel told the UN News Centre in Baku, underscoring the potential of online games to bridge the divide between young adults in conflict zones and foster inclusive society.


‘Today is an historic day,’ says Ban, as 175 countries sign Paris climate accord

22 April 2016 – As 175 world leaders signed the Paris Agreement at United Nations Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the next critical step is to ensure that the landmark accord for global action on climate change enters into force as soon as possible.


Two-state solution in Middle East 'tragically more distant' than ever, Ban tells Security Council

18 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that a two-state solution, which envisages peaceful co-existence of Palestine and Israel, seems more distant than it has for many decades, citing the ongoing violence, Israel's settlement activity and demolitions of Palestinian homes, and the absence of Palestinian unity.


Civilians in embattled Yarmouk facing ‘starvation and dehydration,’ UN agency warns

16 April 2016 – Up to 10,000 civilians in Yarmouk camp in Damascus, Syria, have gone without food and water for more than a week due to ongoing fighting, today warned the United Nations relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East.


'Two-state solution in danger,' warns new report from UN office on Middle East peace process

14 April 2016 – The viability of a two-state solution, which envisages peaceful co-existence of both Israel and Palestine, is in danger due to the negative trends on the ground, including recent violence, ongoing settlement activity, demolitions, incitement, and the absence of Palestinian unity, a new United Nations report warned today.


FEATURE: at UN film screening, animal heist fable serves as poignant metaphor for Middle East relations

13 April 2016 – A 15-foot giraffe is one of the main characters in Giraffada, a film shown at the United Nations, depicting the struggles of living in a Palestinian town as seen through the eyes of a young boy who has a close connection with the animal.