Middle East

Developing countries ‘losing out’ in a world not governed by laws, Egyptian President says at UN Assembly

The nations losing out the most in a world not governed by laws or the founding principles of United Nations, are developing countries, the President of Egypt told leaders at the General Assembly on Tuesday, outlining priorities that must be addressed to meet the aspirations of people everywhere.

Pursue comprehensive, just solutions instead of managing crises, Qatari Amir tells world leaders at UN Assembly

The international community needs to go beyond “managing crises” and instead pursue comprehensive and just solutions, guided by international law and norms, if it is to achieve global security and stability, the leader of Qatar said at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Yemen: amid major roadblocks, an ‘unprecedented’ response to an unprecedented tragedy

Despite continuing challenges in Yemen, the United Nations and partners have provided a robust humanitarian response to the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, thanks to major donor support. However, as the situation continues to worsen for civilians across the country, aid agencies warned on Monday that international aid efforts must be sustained to avoid a major catastrophe and called for a political end to the conflict.

Yemen: Tackling the world’s largest humanitarian crisis

With three-quarters of the population requiring some form of basic assistance to survive, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, now in its fourth year, has reached unprecedented levels of need. On Monday, ahead of the United Nation’s 73rd General Assembly high-level debate, a special event will focus on the humanitarian response across the country, its major achievements and its daily challenges, in an attempt to galvanize more international support.

UN chief condemns attack in south-west Iran which killed dozens

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the terrorist attack on Saturday in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz which reportedly left dozens dead and injured, including children.

As Yemen conflict rages, ‘all too abundantly clear’ millions of civilians are the ones losing – UN relief chief

Raising the alarm over the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, the top United Nations relief official on Friday underscored the need for all parties to avoid further military activity around Hudaydah port – the vital lifeline through which food and fuel flows into the war-torn country.

Restore hope that peace will come to the Middle East, UN negotiator urges Security Council

Negative humanitarian, security and political developments in Gaza outweigh any positive news concerning the search for peace in the Middle East, the United Nations negotiator for the process has said, urging the international community to help restore hope that a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict can be found.

Idlib deal could save three million ‘from catastrophe’ says UN chief, as militants are urged to lay down arms

A deal reached between Russia and Turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting citizens “from catastrophe” in Syria’s Idlib region is a welcome development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, before urging all parties to make a “strong commitment” to it.

Yemen: ‘Time is running out’ to head off devastating famine, warns UN food agency chief

As conflict continues to rage in Yemen, leading to widespread economic hardship and a rampant inflation, the World Food Programme (WFP) is sounding the alarm over soaring food prices that are affecting millions of Yemenis.

Agreement over buffer zone to spare civilians in Syria’s Idlib welcomed by top UN officials

The agreement between Turkey and Russia to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting civilians living in Idlib, Syria, has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the world body’s humanitarian chief, who called on all warring parties and countries supporting them to make it effective.