Middle East

Some 3.6 million Iraqi children in firing line and ‘relentlessly targeted,’ UN reports

One out of every five Iraqi children are at “serious risk” of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new United Nations report.

Quartet report cites violence, settlements and Gaza as barriers to Middle East peace – UN envoy

Continuing violence, terrorism and incitement, settlement expansion, and the Palestinian Authority’s lack of control of Gaza are hurting the Middle East peace process, the United Nations envoy today said summarizing the first ever report by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the United Nations, Russia, the United States and the European Union – to the Security Council.

Condemning death of Syrian journalist, UNESCO head highlights protection of civilians in conflicts

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending the freedom of the media today denounced the death of Syrian photojournalist, Khalid Al Issa, who was killed after a homemade bomb detonated in his building.

At conference, Ban urges ‘political will’ for two-State solution for Israel and Palestine

Following a two-day visit to Israel and Palestine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized that what is lacking in terms of a lasting settlement for peace to the conflict is the political will to make that happen.

Syria: UN envoy urges ‘well prepared’ peace talks for concrete political transition

The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the crisis in Syria today said that the next round of the intra-Syrian talks must be well prepared to ensure the possibility of moving forward with the decisive outcome of a political transition in August.

UN-supported Yemeni peace talks entering new phase, says UN envoy

With an agreement on the guiding principles for the Yemen peace talks, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, today announced that the UN-supported talks will enter a new phase for the next two weeks.

Secretary-General condemns deadly terrorist attack at international airport in Istanbul

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today's terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, according to his spokesperson.

Iraq: UN envoy condemns bombing of mosque as showing ‘total disdain for Islam’

The United Nations envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned the suicide bombing yesterday that killed or wounded a number of civilians at a mosque in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, noting that the attack showed the terrorists’ total disdain for Islam.

UN chief and Security Council strongly condemn terrorist attacks in Lebanon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council have condemned the series of terrorist attacks that occurred yesterday in the northern Lebanese town of El-Qaa, which resulted in a number of civilian deaths and injuries.

In Jerusalem and Gaza, Ban urges ‘courageous steps’ for lasting two-State solution

Following a meeting this morning in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the leader to take the “courageous steps” necessary for a negotiated two-State solution in order to bring lasting peace, security and dignity for the people of both Israel and Palestine.