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19 stories found over the past 45 days
In the Gaza Strip, UN chief appeals for Palestinian unity; renews call for two-state solution

30 August 2017 – Visiting Gaza for the first time since taking office as United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres today called for Palestinian unity, saying division “only undermines the cause of the Palestinian people.”


UN extends solidarity to flood-devastated Texas after record-shattering rainfall

29 August 2017 – The United Nations is reacting to the devastating images from Tropical Storm Harvey, which has affected an area the size of Spain in the southern United States, and which is likely to worsen in the coming hours as the rain continues.


In Palestine, UN chief says two-state solution 'only way to guarantee peace'

29 August 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for a political solution to the Middle East conflict that would end Israel's occupation of Palestinian land and would create an independent Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel in peace and security.


UN chief Guterres meets Israel's Netanyahu in Jerusalem, pledges to fight anti-Semitism

28 August 2017 – Reiterating his commitment to fighting anti-Semitism, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he is committed to protecting Israel and its right to exist.


In Kuwait, UN chief Guterres lauds country's humanitarian leadership, regional diplomacy

27 August 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, on an official visit to Kuwait, expressed gratitude to not only the Gulf country's leadership in humanitarian action, but the “dialogue […] and promotion of understanding Kuwait has shown in relation to all conflicts in the region.”


No 'worse place on earth' than Syria's Raqqa, says senior UN adviser urging pause in fighting

24 August 2017 – A senior United Nations aid official today urged the international community to do whatever is needed to allow citizens to flee from Raqqa, saying that right now, there is "no worse place on earth" than the de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).


UN releases $2.5 million from pooled fund to tackle energy crisis in Gaza

24 August 2017 – With Gaza entering its fourth month of a serious energy crisis, the United Nations today released a further $2.5 million from a pooled humanitarian fund to cover urgent needs in the Palestinian enclave.


Senior UN political official concerned by recent incidents that undermine Middle East peace process

22 August 2017 – A senior United Nations political affairs official today voiced concerns over recent developments that undermine efforts to end the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including Israel's move to amend a law to cement its control over East Jerusalem.


UN rights office 'deeply concerned' about deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza

11 August 2017 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the steadily deteriorating humanitarian and human rights conditions in Gaza, especially the restrictions on the enclave's power supply.