Middle East

Ban Ki-moon heads to Sharm el-Sheikh next week for Iraq Compact launch

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, next week for the formal launch of the International Compact with Iraq (ICI), a five-year peace and development plan which envisages a reciprocal relationship between peace-building and economic prosperity in the war-ravaged country.

Palestinian refugees hurt in blaze at camp on Syrian-Iraqi border, says UN agency

Fire swept through a refugee camp in the no-man’s-land near the Syrian-Iraqi border last night, injuring 28 Palestinians and destroying the tents and personal possessions of seven families, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, calling this evidence of the poor living conditions in the area.

Renewed violence undercutting Middle East diplomatic efforts – UN official

Diplomatic initiatives to rejuvenate the Middle East peace process are making some progress, but they are being undermined by the deteriorating security situation on the ground, the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today, urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to do their utmost to prevent the violence from escalating further.

Casualty figures continue to climb in Iraq, UN report on rights violations says

Large-scale indiscriminate killings and targeted assassinations continue to impede efforts to bring lasting stability and security to Iraq, according to the latest United Nations human rights report released today on the strife-torn country, where causalities continue to climb despite recent efforts to stem in the bloodshed.

UN agency finds living conditions for Palestinians keep deteriorating

Living conditions inside the occupied Palestinian territory continued to decline through the second half of last year, with the situation especially dire in the Gaza Strip, according to the latest progress report by the main United Nations tasked with helping Palestinian refugees.

Ban Ki-moon and Syrian leader discuss Lebanon, regional peace and security

Regional peace and security and the situation in neighbouring Lebanon in the wake of last year’s war topped the agenda during talks today in Damascus between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Israelis and Palestinians unite to protect Jerusalem’s Old City – UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced today that it has adopted a landmark decision reaffirming the universal value of the Old City of Jerusalem, marking the first time that Israelis and Palestinians had worked together to protect the World Heritage site.

Indian UN blue helmets provide artificial limbs to mine victims in southern Lebanon

Indian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are providing artificial limbs to victims of mine and cluster bombs in a special project at their headquarters in the south of the country.

UN official embarks on trip to boost support for International Compact with Iraq

A senior United Nations official has embarked on a week of travel to Europe and the Middle East in a bid to build support for the International Compact with Iraq, a five-year plan for peace as well as political, economic and social development in the war-torn country.

Children bear brunt of conflict in Middle East, top UN official says

Returning from a two-week mission to Lebanon, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, the top United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict today said that children bear the brunt of the conflict.