Middle East

Beirut blast: ‘The faster we act, the better we can reduce human suffering,’ says UN deputy chief

To help Lebanon overcome the tragedy and recover better, “we will need all hands on deck”, deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed told a virtual donors conference on Sunday, convened to rally international support in the wake of last week’s massive explosion at the Beirut port, which killed some 150 people, wounded thousands and caused destruction throughout much of the city.

Security Council condemns ‘heinous and cowardly’ terrorist attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Members of the UN Security Council have condemned “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack at a prison complex in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Monday, that left at least 29 people – including civilians – dead.

Lebanon: UN ‘actively assisting’ in response to huge explosions at Beirut port

The United Nations has said that it is “actively assisting” in the response to the horrific explosions that ripped through the port area of Beirut on Tuesday, reportedly leaving dozens dead and thousands wounded, among them some UN naval peacekeepers.

Six years after genocide, international community must prioritize justice for Yazidi community

Six years after ISIL launched a genocidal campaign against the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq, the international community must live up to its promise to deliver justice, survivor and Nobel Peace Laureate Nadia Murad told a virtual event on Monday marking the anniversary.

Yemen: Crisis reaches new low, top UN officials tell Security Council

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has never been worse, with conflict escalating, famine on the horizon, the economy in tatters and COVID-19 out of control, senior UN officials told the Security Council on Tuesday as they issued a fresh call for an immediate ceasefire.

INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Concerns and hopes of Yemenis at heart of UN plans for better future

In a wide-ranging interview for UN News on Wednesday, Martin Griffiths, the UN’s Special Envoy in Yemen, addresses the protracted peace process in the country, and the enormous challenges that still need to be overcome.

UN top court rules in favour of Qatar in international airspace dispute

The UN's top court has ruled in favour of Qatar over an airspace dispute involving four other Middle Eastern countries.

Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a UN Resident Coordinator’s blog

In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek Elsheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard the rights of foreign residents. 

Israel’s illegal annexation plans for Palestine, ‘disastrous’ for wider Middle East – Bachelet

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned Israel on Monday not to proceed along the “dangerous path” of annexing a swathe of occupied Palestinian territory, urging the Government to listen to its own former senior officials along with the “multitude of voices around the world”.

Yemen: millions of children facing deadly hunger, amidst aid shortages and COVID-19

Millions of children in the heart of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster could be pushed to the brink of starvation, due to huge shortfalls in humanitarian aid funding amid the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.