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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.


UN, partners seek $25 million to stabilize Gaza's worsening humanitarian conditions

03 July 2017 – United Nations relief agencies and their partners in the occupied Palestinian territory are calling on the international community to provide $25 million in new funding to stabilize the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, including the effects of deep power cuts and lack of fuel for generators for hospitals.


Ending occupation only way to lay foundations for lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace – UN officials

29 June 2017 – Top United Nations officials today declared that ending the occupation is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty.


'Now is not the time to give up' on two-state solution, UN Middle East envoy tells Security Council

20 June 2017 – Achieving a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that is based on Israeli security needs and the Palestinian right to sovereignty and statehood, the United Nations envoy on Middle East peace told the Security Council today.


UN Middle East envoy condemns attack that leaves Israeli police officer dead, four others injured

17 June 2017 – The United Nations envoy on Middle East peace has condemned yesterday's shooting and stabbing attack by Palestinian assailants near Jerusalem's Old City that killed an Israeli Border Police Officer and wounded at least four others including civilians.


UN aid official warns of 'disastrous consequences' of power cut in Gaza

14 June 2017 – A senior United Nations humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian Territory warned today about the disastrous consequences of a further reduction in electricity supply to the Gaza Strip on the living conditions of two million Palestinians.