Middle East

Iraq: UNESCO architectural design winners to rebuild iconic Al-Nouri Mosque complex 

Eight Egyptian architects have been awarded the job of restoring the historic Al-Nouri Mosque complex in Mosul, Iraq, the UN cultural chief announced on Thursday. 

Ending Syria’s war is our collective responsibility, UN chief tells donor conference

Ending the war in Syria is the collective responsibility of the international community, UN Secretary-General António Guterres reaffirmed during a major pledging event on Tuesday which raised $6.4 billion to support people affected by the  conflict.

UN envoy calls for more support to aid Palestinian COVID-19 response

COVID-19 continues to have a devastating effect on Palestinians, the Secretary-General’s envoy for the Middle East peace process told the Security Council on Thursday, urging greater support for vaccination efforts.

Ten years on, Syrian crisis ‘remains a living nightmare’: UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General António Guterres has underlined the UN’s determination to continue pursuing a negotiated political settlement to the Syrian civil war, a “living nightmare” that has endured for 10 years now. 

Decade of conflict triggering ‘slow tsunami’ across Syria, Security Council hears 

After a decade of conflict, economic collapse compounded by COVID-19, corruption and mismanagement, the UN Syrian envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday that “a slow tsunami” is now “crashing across Syria”. 

Syria: ‘Identified gaps, inconsistencies’ raise questions over elimination of chemical weapons

“Identified gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies” that remain unresolved, have brought into question the true extent of the elimination of chemical weapons during Syria’s bloody conflict, the UN disarmament chief told the Security Council in her briefing on Tuesday. 

Envoy welcomes restart of Israeli-Palestinian coordination amid COVID-19 rise

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in the Middle East following weeks of decline, the top UN official in the region has welcomed the Palestinian Authority’s decision to resume coordination with Israel. 

UN envoy urges Yemen’s warring parties to place ‘a firm bet on peace’, as famine threat continues

The plight of Yemenis demands “nothing less than a firm bet on peace”, the UN Special Envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.  

Syria: No justification for chemical weapon use ‘under any circumstances’ – UN disarmament chief

The top UN disarmament official on Thursday briefed the Security Council on progress made by Syria towards eliminating its chemicals weapons programme, complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus ‘feeds off instability’, disrupting Israel-Palestine peace efforts

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process reminded the Security Council on Monday of the Secretary-General’s renewed appeal for a global ceasefire to respond to COVID-19, highlighting that the “the virus feeds off instability”.