Middle East

Secretary-General condemns Easter eve bombing in Lebanon

Condemning the violence which continues to rock Lebanon through this weekend's Christian holidays, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the country's Government to prevent a further deterioration in the security situation.

World support for Israeli-Palestinian peace more vital than ever, Security Council told

International support for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is more vital than ever since, despite renewed hopes for progress, there is a sense that setbacks are inevitable, including Israel’s failure to freeze settlement expansion, the top United Nations political officer told the Security Council today.

UN agency seeks to improve Palestinian housing and urban development

In a bid to improve Palestinian housing and urban development, the head of the United Nations agency that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns with adequate shelter for all is currently visiting the region for talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders.

Jordan presented award at UN for safeguarding rights of people with disabilities

Jordan, presented today with an award for its work on improving the lives of its citizens with disabilities, has made important contributions to the United Nations work on an international convention on the protection and promotion of the rights and dignity of disabled people, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.

Secretary-General 'deeply disturbed' by new bomb attack in Lebanon

On the eve of receiving the report of a United Nations mission of inquiry into last month's assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri of Lebanon, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today deplored yet another bombing there and urged all concerned to do their utmost to safeguard the country's stability and national unity.

UN envoy continues efforts to ensure Sunni Arab inclusion in Iraqi transition

Moving ahead with his efforts to ensure that all elements of Iraqi society take part in writing a new constitution after Sunni Arabs largely stayed away from January's elections, the top United Nations envoy in the country met today with Sheikh Harith al-Dhari, President of the Association of Muslim Scholars, a Sunni group.

After 'total' cooperation with Oil-for-Food probe, Annan expects full vindication, aide says

Reaffirming that Secretary-General Kofi Annan had offered complete cooperation with the independent committee probing the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq, a senior United Nations official stressed today that Mr. Annan expected to be fully exonerated by the upcoming report of the panel.

Annan arrives in Algeria to attend Arab League summit and discuss UN reforms

Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Algeria today to attend the Arab League summit and ask the leaders there to support the package of United Nations reforms that he presented Monday to the General Assembly in his report called "In Larger Freedom."

Jordan wins Roosevelt disability award for best efforts at following UN programme

Jordan will be honoured tomorrow at a ceremony at the United Nations for winning the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award for its exemplary work on improving the lives of its disabled citizens, as set out in a UN programme of action.

UN chief brings back impression of Israeli-Palestinian optimism from Middle East trip

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that he had come back from visiting the Middle East last week with the impression that both Israelis and Palestinians feel optimistic over moves to end violence after more than four years of open conflict, although they realize that the situation is very fragile.