Middle East

Security Council extends mandate of UN-OPCW body on chemical weapons use in Syria

The UN Security Council today extended by just under three weeks the mandate of the United Nations- Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Joint Investigative Mechanism, the body tasked with identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian civil war.

Lebanon: Welcoming new president, UN chief encourages formation of government without delay

Welcoming the election of Michel Aoun as the new President of Lebanon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed hope that all parties in the country will continue to work in a spirit of unity and in the national interest, according to his spokesperson.

‘Dawn of peace’ could be near if Yemeni actors prioritize national interest – UN envoy tells Security Council

Highlighting that the humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate despite the efforts of relief actors, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen called on all parties to recommit themselves to the promises made earlier and to engage fully and constructively with the UN-mediated peace process.

UN envoy on Syria 'shocked' and 'appalled' by indiscriminate rocket attack on western Aleppo

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has said that he is “appalled and shocked” by the high number of rockets indiscriminately launched by armed opposition groups on civilian suburbs of Syria's western Aleppo in the past 48 hours.

Syria: Security Council strongly condemns attacks against schools and shelling of Russian Embassy

The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the “strongest terms” an attack yesterday on the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Syria's capital Damascus as well as the widely reported recent attacks on schools in the country, according to separate statements issued late yesterday.

Israel is denying Palestine’s right to development, says UN human rights expert

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, has declared that Israel is denying Palestine’s right to development by creating rampant poverty, “epic” unemployment, and economic stagnation.

Syria: UN chief condemns reported school attack in western Aleppo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the reported attack today on a school in the western part of Syria's Aleppo city that killed a number of children.

Amid escalating conflict in Yemen, UN-associated migration agency launches 150 million regional appeal

Warning that the situation in Yemen is growing more dire every day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the lead United Nations-affiliated agency on migration issues, launched today a regional appeal for nearly $150 million to help provide desperately needed assistance to the country’s people trapped amid the escalating conflict.

Nearly 8,000 families abducted by ISIL from Mosul vicinity – UN rights office

Credible reports suggest that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) has been forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes in sub-districts around Mosul, including nearly 8,000 families the group abducted, since the operations to restore Iraqi Government control over Mosul began on 17 October, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today.

‘We are not giving up,’ despite evacuation failure – UN envoys on Syria

Expressing their disappointment that the sick and wounded were not evacuated from Syria’s war-torn eastern Aleppo, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria and his Senior Advisor today vowed to press on with their efforts to extract those with medical emergencies and get assistance to those with desperate needs inside the city.