Middle East

Lack of security still hampering UN's humanitarian operations in Iraq

Lack of security remains a source of concern for United Nations operations in Iraq and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to temporarily withdraw from the Al Hurriya warehouse in Baghdad following ongoing unrest and theft, a spokesman said today.

Senior UN official urges donors to include Iraqi women in reconstruction efforts

As donor countries prepare for a conference this autumn on the reconstruction of Iraq, a senior United Nations official today urged for the inclusion of a strong gender dimension to ensure that outcomes reflect the concerns of both men and women.

UN panel approves $2.27 billion in compensation for Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

The United Nations panel set up to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damage suffered as a result of Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990-1991 today approved awards of more than $2.27 billion, bringing the total awarded so far to $46.3 billion.

Iraqis themselves must make the decisions that affect them - UN envoy

Reiterating that it was vital that the Iraqis themselves make all decisions affecting them, United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello today continued wide-ranging consultations with a full spectrum of the country's society, meeting with a group of eminent jurists to discuss reform of the justice system.

Annan thanks Qatar for establishing higher education fund for Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has praised the consort of the Amir of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misnad, for her role in establishing an international fund for higher education in Iraq, calling it a "display of global citizenship and solidarity."

Iraq: UN and international donors to hold pledge conference in autumn

A wide-ranging international meeting convened by the United Nations and for the first time including the United States-run administration in Baghdad agreed today to hold a donor reconstruction conference for Iraq this autumn after hearing repeated calls for the speedy establishment of an Iraqi political partner for the process.

Annan recommends ending UN observer mission along Iraq-Kuwait border

Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended today that the United Nations peacekeeping operation that for nearly 12 years monitored the demilitarized zone between Iraq and Kuwait should be closed down by the beginning of October in view of the new situation in the region.

UN refugee agency steps up efforts to help Palestinians, Syrians and Kurds in Iraq

The United Nations refugee agency is stepping up its relief efforts in Iraq on several fronts, ranging from finding housing for hundreds of evicted Palestinians and registering undocumented Syrian refugees to providing aid for returning Iraqi Kurds forced from their homes by the previous regime.

UN urges donors to make up shortfall in humanitarian appeal for Iraq

The United Nations today appealed to donor countries to make up an outstanding $259 million in funding needed to carry out its humanitarian relief operations in Iraq through to the end of the year.

Middle East, Iraq and Africa focus of Annan's bilateral talks in Jordan

The Middle East conflict, the situation in Iraq and peace in Africa were the focus of a series of bilateral meetings United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan held today in the margins of the World Economic Forum in Jordan, where he delivered a major address.