Middle East

Yemen talks 'moving forward towards peace', UN envoy reports

The United Nations envoy for Yemen reported today that the latest session of peace negotiations among Yemeni parties in Kuwait “went on in a positive and constructive atmosphere and reflected a mutual desire to move forward in the talks”.

'Monstrous disregard' for civilians, says UN rights chief, as hospitals bombed in Syria

The United Nations human rights chief today said that the latest reports of civilian deaths and injuries in Syria, including bombings of marketplaces and medical facilities, reveal a “monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties to the conflict,” calling for urgent action by all relevant actors to resolve to help the people of Syria.

Syria: human toll and suffering are 'sickening,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief today described the human toll and suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.

Digital cards improve food assistance to displaced families and Syrian refugees in Iraq – UN agency

Thousands of displaced Iraqi families and Syrian refugees across Iraq now have better and flexible access to food, thanks to an innovative digital cash card launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

With Syrian truce ‘barely alive,’ UN envoy urges Russia and United States to help revitalize talks

The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the crisis in Syria warned that the latest round of talks was overshadowed by a substantial deterioration of the cessation of hostilities, and called on the leaders of the Russian Federation and United States to help salvage the “barely alive” pact.

Access and aid needed in Yemen, says UN humanitarian coordinator

Following a three-day mission to Yemen’s north-western Sa’ada Governorate, the top UN relief official in the country urged Yemeni parties to remain committed to the cessation of hostilities and allow unhindered humanitarian access, while he called on the international community to increase the level of support.

UN agency smartphone app now raising funds for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

ShareTheMeal, the award-winning smartphone app developed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is switching its fundraising efforts to support Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

BAKU: at UN forum, Arab entrepreneur touts potential of virtual games to make real-world impact

“In a virtual world, everyone can be a world-saving hero,” an Arab entrepreneur from Israel told the UN News Centre in Baku, underscoring the potential of online games to bridge the divide between young adults in conflict zones and foster inclusive society.

UNESCO team assesses damages to Syria's Palmyra world heritage site

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has completed a visit to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria as part of a technical rapid assessment mission to take preliminary stock of destruction at the World Heritage site.

Yemen: Security Council calls for parties in talks to develop road map for security measures

The United Nations Security Council today called on all parties involved in the intra-Yemeni peace talks to develop a road map for the implementation of interim security measures as they work towards a comprehensive agreement that will bring a permanent end to the political crisis in the country.