Middle East

New UN envoy for Iraq starts work in Baghdad

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's new Special Representative for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, has arrived in Baghdad where he immediately assumed his responsibilities as the top United Nations envoy in the country.

UN tries to resettle Palestinians trapped in refugee camps on Iraqi-Syrian border

The United Nations refugee agency said today that it is continuing to search for feasible resettlement options for almost 2,000 Palestinians stuck in camps on or near the Iraqi-Syrian border as recent sandstorms worsen the already-difficult living conditions inside the camps.

UN development agency teams up with Arab foundation to boost knowledge

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, the largest private foundation in the Arab world, have signed an agreement paving the way for activities aimed at promoting knowledge in the region.

Ban Ki-moon condemns rocket attack from Gaza school run by UN agency

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored a rocket attack against Israel that was launched from a school in the Gaza Strip run by the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees.

Ban Ki-moon calls for stepped-up efforts to achieve Israeli-Lebanese peace

The months ahead will be critical to fully implementing the Security Council resolution that ended last year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report in which he calls for greater progress on a series of fronts so that a permanent ceasefire can be reached.

Restrictions on Gaza benefiting extremist elements, says UN agency

The restrictions imposed on the Gaza Strip are serving to boost the extremist elements of the Palestinian community in the crowded territory, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees said today.

New UN Iraq envoy spotlights crucial role of media in ending conflict

Speaking in Amman, Jordan, today on his way to assuming his position as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Staffan de Mistura stressed the key role of the media in resolving differences both within and outside the war-ravaged nation.

Security Council members stress need for free and fair elections in Lebanon

The Security Council today reaffirmed the need to hold free and fair presidential elections in Lebanon, in conformity with the country’s Constitution and without any foreign interference and influence, the 15-member body’s president said.

Ban Ki-moon highlights crucial role of Iraq's neighbours and regional partners

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the vital role played by Iraq's neighbours and regional partners in securing peace and stability in the strife-torn nation which continues to face daunting challenges.

Ban Ki-moon arrives in Turkey for talks on Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in Istanbul where he met with Turkish leaders ahead of a planned conference on Iraq bringing together the country’s neighbours and other interested States.