Middle East

UN expert urges Kuwait to redouble efforts to stop trafficking, exploiting domestic workers

While welcoming Kuwait’s commitment to fight trafficking in persons, a United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to further strengthen its assistance and support measures for trafficked and exploited domestic workers, adopt prevention measures, and fully protect their rights.

UN envoy: First full day of Syrian ceasefire sees “a significant drop in violence,” but humanitarian access still needed

Some 24 hours after the latest cessation of hostilities in Syria began, a United Nations envoy today said that despite allegations of mortar shelling and airstrikes yesterday evening, violence in the country has declined substantially.

UN humanitarian official “deeply disturbed” by unrelenting attacks on civilians in Yemen

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Yemen has voiced apprehension over a series of deadly air strikes on a water well which killed and wounded dozens of people in the country’s centre.

Libya: UN envoy calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Oil Crescent area

Expressing grave concerns over recent fighting in Libya's Oil Crescent area, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the country and the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler called on military forces that moved into the area to immediately stop fighting and refrain from any further military escalation.

UN Special Envoy for Syria welcomes ceasefire understanding; pledges UN support

Welcoming a new understanding on cessation of hostilities in Syria, announced today at the end of a marathon meeting between the senior officials from United States and Russia, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura has said that the UN would do "whatever it can" to support an early restoration of the cessation of hostilities.

Security Council urges warring parties in Yemen to resume talks with UN envoy

The United Nations Security Council today urged the parties to the conflict in Yemen to immediately resume talks with the UN envoy for that country and discuss his proposal for a comprehensive agreement covering both security and political issues.

UN food relief agency and partner to roll out €348 million EU cash aid to refugees in Turkey

Following the European Union’s (EU)announcement today of a cash-transfer programme for the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has said the agency and the Turkish Red Crescent will use their combined expertise to deliver the cash directly to those who need it most.

New UN report finds that without obstacles Occupied Palestinian Territory’s economy could easily double gross domestic product

The economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory could easily produce twice the gross domestic product (GDP) it generates now, while unemployment and poverty could recede significantly, according a new United Nations report.

As peace talks stall, violence soars once again in Syria – new UN report warns

Although February’s ceasefire agreement created an all-too-brief respite in fighting, there has been a tragic increase in violence targeting Syrian civilians, crushing hopes of peace in the war-torn country, a group of United Nations experts warned today.

Iraq: UN food relief agency’s supplies reach Qayyarah’s 30,000 people under 2-year siege

The United Nations food relief agency has delivered urgently-needed aid to more than 30,000 people in and around the northern Iraqi town of Qayyarah in the past week, reaching an area that been under siege and inaccessible for more than two years.