Middle East

Ban strongly condemns series of bomb attacks outside Baghdad mosques

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored today’s apparently coordinated series of bomb attacks against five Shi’a mosques across Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, which have killed or injured dozens of people.

Middle East seminar hears UN call for journalists to do more to encourage peace

Journalists can do more to broaden the public dialogue about the situation in the Middle East and help bridge the gap between Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations’ public information chief has told a seminar on peace in the region.

Ban calls on Iraq and Kuwait to take ‘innovative’ steps to resolve key issues

Iraq has a number of outstanding issues to tackle before it can regain its rightful place in the community of nations, including those relating to its 1990 invasion of neighbouring Kuwait, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, calling on the two nations to take innovative steps to resolve key issues.

UN reparations panel for invasion of Kuwait pays out $430 million

A total of $430 million was disbursed today to 10 successful claimants by the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses because of Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

UN offices in Afghanistan targeted by militant rocket fire

Rebel insurgents in Afghanistan have launched a rocket attack on a United Nations compound in the western province of Herat, causing damage to a vehicle and equipment, the UN mission to the war-wracked nation said in a statement today.

UN, aid agencies call for opening of Gaza crossings to allow rebuilding of schools

Just one month before the start of the academic year in Gaza, the education of thousands of school students is being jeopardized by the ongoing blockade of crossings into the area, a chorus of United Nations voices warned today in an urgent call for Israel to open the borders.

UN agency launches scheme in Iraq to improve basic services, housing

A $70 million urban development plan aimed at bolstering the delivery of basic services and provision of housing for Iraq’s poor and most vulnerable was jointly launched today by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the country’s Government.

UN mission praises high voter turnout in Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) today congratulated election officials and the people of the northern region of Kurdistan for the large turnout, especially among women voters, in last week’s peaceful elections.

Israeli settlements hurting peace process with Palestinians – UN

The illegal building of new homes and communities continue to occur across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, threatening fragile hopes of a two-state solution to the long-running conflict, top United Nations officials warned today, urging both Israel and the Palestinians to meet their obligations under the Road Map for peace in the Middle East.

UN Ambassador Angelina Jolie urges donors to step up support for Iraqi displaced

Academy award-winning actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency Angelina Jolie today called for greater support for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who remain displaced.