Middle East

Top UN official calls for improving safety for Iraqi journalists after recent attack

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the recent suicide attack in Baghdad that killed 33 people, including two journalists, and called for measures to ensure safety for media professionals in Iraq.

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to benefit from new UN pact with UAE

The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees will be able to improve living conditions for thousands living in Lebanese camps thanks to a new partnership with the United Arab Emirates.

Top UN envoy continues talks with Iraqi leaders on Kirkuk, disputed areas

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq is continuing consultations with authorities in the strife-torn nation over power-sharing in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk and development in parts of Nineveh and Diyala governorates.

Top UN envoy to Iraq deplores latest suicide bombing

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq strongly condemned today’s suicide bombing that killed dozens of people in Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib suburb.

Gaza: situation at border crossings ‘intolerable,’ Ban says

A lasting ceasefire was urgently needed to keep Gaza crossings open, which will allow the Palestinian economy to recover, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Security Council hears briefing from committee monitoring sanctions on Iran

The head of the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme today updated the 15-member body on the panel’s latest work, including the efforts of States to implement those measures.

Little progress towards lasting peace between Israel, Lebanon, says UN official

Although the ceasefire is still in place, very little progress has been made on the Security Council resolution which helped end fighting between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the armed group Hizbollah two years ago, the top United Nations representative to Lebanon said today.

Greater efforts needed to boost women’s rights in Iraq, says UN

With years of conflict curbing progress towards equality for women in Iraq, the United Nations has called for bolstered steps to ensure their rights are protected and advanced.

Children ‘innocent victims of conflict’ says UNICEF chief on visit to Gaza

Children pay the price of armed conflict, stressed the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at the conclusion of a week-long Middle-East trip this weekend that included a visit to Gaza, where she saw first-hand the effects of the recent hostilities in the region.

Recent firing incidents most serious test of UN resolution on Israel, Lebanon

Recent firing incidents have posed the most serious challenge since the adoption of a resolution which helped end the war between Israel and Hizbollah in the summer of 2006, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report.