Middle East

Yemen: New Houthi commitment ‘encouraging step’ to protecting children

The United Nations commended on Monday a new signed Action Plan to safeguard children affected by armed conflict in Yemen.

Yemen: ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ as first nationwide truce in six years continues

A UN brokered two-month renewable truce between the warring parties in Yemen is holding, Special Envoy Hans Grundberg told the Security Council on Thursday, providing “light at the end of the tunnel”, and the possibility of a lasting peace. 

UN chief condemns attacks on civilian facilities in Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Recent escalation of the conflict in Yemen drew strong condemnation from Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday.

Ukraine war: Middle East food prices soaring, as donor fatigue kicks in, Security Council hears

Amid growing donor fatigue and a brutal war in Ukraine that has diverted the world’s attention, the world must not forget millions of people in need across the Middle East and North Africa, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday.

$4.3 billion needed to help over 17 million people across Yemen

A “funding crunch” has put millions of people in Yemen at risk of catastrophe, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, in support of an urgent appeal to donors to fund the humanitarian response in the war-torn country.

Syria: Children ‘live in fear of violence’, scarred by 11 years of war

Nearly five million children born in Syria since March 2011 have known nothing but conflict. After 11 years of war, the crisis continues to leave them struggling with physical and psychological scars, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

Yemen facing ‘outright catastrophe’ over rising hunger, warn UN humanitarians

Yemen’s already dire hunger crisis is “teetering on the edge of outright catastrophe”, UN agency chiefs said on Monday, as new data analysis from the war-ravaged country indicated potentially record food insecurity.

Fears grow for Syria amid rising violence, deepening humanitarian crisis

Top UN-appointed rights investigators on Wednesday urged renewed efforts for a political solution to Syria’s devastating war, which has been marked by an uptick of violence and a deepening humanitarian crisis in recent months.

Bachelet leads calls for ceasefire in Ukraine during urgent debate at UN rights council

Russia’s military attack on Ukraine has “opened a new and dangerous chapter in world history,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet told an urgent debate on Thursday, leading calls for a ceasefire. 

Syria: Use of chemical weapons ‘blight’ on international community’s conscience

Impunity for the use of chemical weapons is “intolerable,” the UN disarmament chief told the Security Council meeting on Syria, held on Monday morning.