With the latest large-scale military operations by Israel severely disrupting its work, the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees today called on the Government to allow its staff in Gaza to move about freely and to lift restrictions that inhibit their work.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced grave concern at the escalation of violence and the rising casualty toll on both sides in the Gaza Strip and adjacent Israeli areas in the past 24 hours, particularly the death and injuries of children.
Some 6.5 million people in Iraq - about a quarter of the country's population - are highly dependent on food rations, according to a new survey by the United Nations emergency feeding agency, which has launched a multimillion dollar assistance programme to help the most vulnerable Iraqis.
With Middle East violence intensifying following a recent string of civilian deaths during fighting, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on Israel to ensure the safety of innocent Palestinians.
Senior members of the Iraqi Government attending a United Nations-backed workshop in Amman, Jordan, today took a step forward for children's rights by reaffirming standards for dealing with juveniles who come in conflict with the law.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the news that Iraqi, Egyptian and Italian civilians held hostage in Iraq had been released, and again decried the use of kidnapping to further a cause.
A senior United Nations official today voiced sorrow at the death of a 10-year-old Palestinian girl who earlier this month had been hit by a bullet while sitting at her desk at a UN-run school in Gaza.