Middle East

Saudi Arabia: Ban, Deputy Crown Prince discuss Palestine refugees, Yemen and climate pact

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince, who is also Second Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, discussing the country's financial support for the UN Palestine refugees agency, the conflict in Yemen, protection of children, as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change.

UN humanitarian chief sees first-hand harrowing conditions of refugees at Syria-Jordan border's berm

On a visit to northern Jordan today, the top United Nations humanitarian official saw first-hand the conditions that more than 70,000 Syrian refugees, mostly women and children, are having to stay in along the border with Syria – in the middle of the desert, under a blazing sun and with no food or water – amid talks with Jordanian authorities aimed at resolving their plight.

UN envoy eyes new political initiative in Syria talks; his advisor says taskforce ‘failed’ people of Darayya

The United Nations envoy for Syria said today that he plans to present a “quite clear political initiative” during the week preceding the General Assembly so that the stalled peace talks could resume by the time the Security Council holds another meeting on Syria on 21 September.

UN’s top relief official: World body is impartial in its humanitarian work in Syria as it is elsewhere

The top United Nations relief official today outlined how the humanitarian work of the world body in war-torn Syria is guided by impartiality and the key imperative of saving lives.

Iraq: More than two-thirds of those killed in August civilians, reports UN mission

Civilians continue to disproportionately bear the burden of acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, accounting for more than two-thirds of those killed or injured in the month of August, the United Nations mission announced today.