Middle East

UN agency seeks $26 million to revamp Palestinian refugee camp from ‘bottom up’

The main United Nations agency caring for Palestinian refugees has appealed for $26 million to improve the living conditions of some 18,000 Palestinians living in Neirab camp near Aleppo, Syria, as part of a new project emphasizing community participation.

UN official discusses latest situation in southern Lebanon with officials in Beirut

A senior United Nations official today discussed with Lebanese officials full implementation of the Security Council resolution that ended last summer’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, following similar talks earlier this week with Israeli authorities.

Iran continues nuclear enrichment in breach of Security Council call, UN reports

Iran has continued uranium enrichment despite a Security Council call that it suspend such activities, the United Nations atomic watchdog says in a new report, adding that without greater transparency and spot checks it cannot affirm that Tehran’s nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes to produce energy and not weapons.

Ban Ki-moon supports meeting on Iraq bringing together US, Iran and Syria

A spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced support for the new diplomatic initiative that will bring together Iraq’s neighbours and the five permanent members of the Security Council in a meeting in Baghdad.

Iraq: UN voices outrage over attack on Public Works Ministry

Top United Nations officials today voiced outrage at yesterday’s attack in Baghdad on the Ministry of Public Works and Municipalities while Vice President Adel Abdul Mehdi was visiting the building.

UN official urges world community to match ‘courage’ of Palestinian unity government

The agreement to form a new Palestinian Unity Government challenges the international community to “match the courage and compromises” shown by the rival parties with “bold steps of its own,” a senior United Nations official said today.

Middle East peace process must continue despite ‘enormous’ challenges – Ban Ki-moon

In the face of “enormous” challenges – such as Israeli military operations and Palestinian suicide attacks targeting Israeli civilians – the Middle East peace process must persevere in order for Israelis and Palestinians to exist peacefully as neighbours, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Condemning recent attacks on school and mosque, UN envoy calls for justice

Strongly condemning this weekend’s bombings of a university and a mosque which killed and injured hundreds of innocent civilians in Iraq, the top United Nations envoy to the country today called for those responsible for the criminal attacks to be brought to justice.

UNESCO to send team to assess construction work in Jerusalem’s Old City

Concerned by the impact of recent controversial construction work on access to the al-Haram al-Sharif, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) dispatched a team to investigate the project initiated by Israel in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Growing poverty, unemployment threaten Palestinians’ ability to feed their families – UN

Rising unemployment, poverty and “economic suffocation” in the occupied Palestinian territory are posing acute challenges to food security, leaving many families entirely dependent on outside aid as well as threatening vital sectors of the Palestinian economy, United Nations agencies warned today.