Middle East

Two years on, UN chief stresses 'sustained commitment essential' for Iran nuclear deal

Marking the second anniversary of the historic agreement aimed at ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has commended the Gulf country for implementing its nuclear-related commitments.

Syria talks end with 'incremental progress' but 'no breakthrough' – UN envoy

Speaking to reporters in the early hours of Saturday in Geneva, United Nations Special Envoy said that the latest round of the intra-Syrian talks ended with “incremental progress.”

Guterres condemns deadly attack on Israeli police officers in Old City of Jerusalem

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned this morning’s deadly attack by three assailants that left two Israeli police officers dead and leaving a third one injured in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Security Council extends mandate of UN Iraq Mission for one year

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Iraq until 31 July 2018, also calling upon that country's Government to continue providing security and logistical support to the Organization's presence on the ground.

Liberation of Mosul a 'milestone' in global fight against ISIL – UN Security Council

The liberation of Mosul has marked an “important milestone” in the global fight against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), the United Nations Security Council today, welcoming the announcement by Iraqi authorities that the city has been freed of the terrorist group.

UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict urges protection of survivors released from ISIL-held Mosul

The United Nations official advocating against the use of sexual violence in conflict today urged all Iraqis to shun stigmatization, and called for women and girls returning from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) captivity to be embraced into their communities and supported, especially if they have children as a result of rape.

Senior UN officials urge concrete action to end Yemen conflict, ease ‘appalling’ humanitarian situation

As the war in Yemen grinds on, the increasing battles of attrition are extracting a terrible toll on the country’s women, men and children, senior United Nations officials told the Security Council, calling for concrete action to end the fighting.

Aid agencies in Yemen forced to shift resources from fighting hunger to cholera – UN

Unless the international community contributes $200 million to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, the United Nations humanitarian arm will be forced to “reprogram” more resources tagged for malnutrition in the country already facing famine, a senior official today said.

With Mosul reclaimed, accountability key to heal Iraq's 'ISIL wounds' – UN rights chief

Although the retaking of Mosul city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters by Iraqi Government forces marks a significant turning point in the conflict, Iraq must ensure that those who committed crimes be held accountable, the United Nations human rights chief has said.

Opening of land route to Syria's battle-affected areas 'making difference' for aid delivery – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said today that the opening of the road to Syria's north-eastern Hassakeh governorate is already making a difference for humanitarian aid delivery on the ground.