Middle East

Yemen: year of conflict puts 3.4 million women of reproductive age at risk, UN reports

A year of conflict in Yemen has left an estimated 3.4 million women of reproductive age between 15 and 49 years in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reported, expressing growing concern about the situation.

UN rights office 'extremely concerned' about killing of Palestinian man in West Bank

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today said it is extremely concerned about the apparent extra-judicial execution last Thursday of a Palestinian man in the Hebron.

Grim conditions in Syria despite greater access, UN aid chief warns Security Council

There are signs of humanitarian progress in Syria with more aid reaching those in urgent need, but conditions remain “dire” throughout the country with only 30 per cent of people in besieged areas reached and even fewer in hard-to-reach areas, the top United Nations humanitarian official said.

Yemen's children 'locked in a vicious cycle of violence, loss and uncertainty,' UN warns

Six children are killed or injured every day and children as young as 10 years old are recruited to fight in conflict-torn Yemen, according to a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) report, which also underscored that child recruitment has risen exponentially during the fighting and that the country is at risk of becoming a failed State.

One in 10 Syrian refugees will need resettling, UN agency warns ahead of conference

Supporting refugees is a global responsibility that must be widely shared, the UN refugee agency stressed today ahead of a one-day high-level conference it is hosting in Geneva tomorrow, focused on refugees from Syria and the need for generating a substantial increase in resettlement and other answers for their plight.

New UN-Arab League agreement aims to prevent conflict-related sexual violence

The United Nations and the League of Arab States today signed an agreement to strengthen collaboration on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in the Arab region.

UN health agency calls for funding, access to Yemenis as conflict rages for second year

As the conflict in Yemen this week enters its second year, the United Nations health agency is calling for additional funding and access to the more than 80 per cent of the population in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

UN chief visits Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, meets Middle Eastern leaders in capital

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his trip to the Middle East today with a visit to Jordan alongside World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, where they met with refugees from the Zaatari camp, as well as with senior government officials from Palestine, Turkey and Jordan, including King Abdullah II.

In Baghdad, UN chief underlines extreme concern about 'enormous' challenges Iraq faces

Visiting Iraq today for the eighth time as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said he is impressed by the progress made, particularly against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Da'esh, but warned that he remains extremely concerned about the enormous challenges the country faces.

In Lebanon, UN chief and World Bank President show commitment to leaving 'no one behind'

While in Lebanon today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim underlined the UN system's commitment to the country, calling for additional funds for a refugee camp, inaugurating a new social development centre, and announcing a new financing plan for Lebanese schools.