Middle East

As influx from Libya to Tunisia continues, UNICEF sets up sanitation facilities

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is setting up sanitation facilities at two transit camps in southern Tunisia as the influx of people fleeing fighting and unrest in neighbouring Libya continues.

Ban canvasses Latin American support for solution to Middle East conflict

A United Nations regional meeting to support Israeli-Palestinian peace opened in Uruguay today, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for a halt to Israel’s settlement building in occupied territory, an end to all expressions of violence and the punishment of those perpetrating it.

UN coordinator for Lebanon stresses government formation crucial for stability

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Michael Williams, today called for a quick formation of a new government, saying that doing so is essential for both the security and development priorities of the people of the Middle Eastern country.

Ban outlines need for long-term transitional arrangements in Libya

Swift and decisive action by the international community has stopped a humanitarian disaster from emerging so far in Libya, but the country’s transition to genuine democracy will take time and require concerted global support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

Yemen fighting worsening already dire humanitarian situation, warns UN official

The top United Nations relief official today called for restraint by all sides in Yemen, warning that the ongoing violence is worsening an already dire humanitarian situation.

No evidence that Libya is fulfilling its obligations to protect civilians, UN chief says

The United Nations has seen no evidence of a ceasefire in Libya or of any steps by the country’s authorities to fulfil their obligations under Security Council resolutions aimed at protecting civilians in the strife-torn North African country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Syria's violent repression of protests risks fuelling further anger - UN official

The United Nations human rights chief on Saturday urged Syria to listen to the voices of its people who are rising up and demanding change in the country, warning that continued killing of protesters will only lead to more anger and violence.

UNESCO chief deplores death of journalist killed during Yemen protests

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the death of journalist Jamal Ahmed Al-Sharabi, who was killed when gunmen opened fire on protesters in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, last week.

Ongoing violence leading to rising displacement in Libya, says UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said it is receiving reports of increased displacement in Libya, while the numbers of people fleeing the North African nation amid what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called “the brutal campaign of violence by the Libyan regime against its own people” have remained steady.

UN urges protection of children amid escalating Israeli-Palestinian unrest

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has voiced its deep concern about the impact on children of the escalating violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, and called on all parties to protect the well-being of young people.