Middle East

Palestinian flag flies at UNESCO to mark admission as new member

The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today as the UN agency marked Palestine’s admission as a full member.

UN envoy encourages all Iraqis to continue promoting human rights

The United Nations envoy for Iraq has encouraged the Government, the Council of Representatives and citizens to continue to promote and protect human rights, stressing that it is their responsibility to make the respect of human rights a reality in their country.

Lebanon: UN mission investigates rocket attack in south

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is investigating last night’s firing of a rocket that has damaged a home and seriously injured a woman in the country’s south.

Refugees bearing brunt of economic hardship in West Bank – UN report

The unemployment rate among refugees in the West Bank has continued to grow this year, even though overall levels of joblessness there have fallen, according to a United Nations report released today.

Ban voices deep concern over settlement expansion in the West Bank

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern after reports emerged today that the Israeli Government has approved the construction of another 40 houses and a farm in the occupied Palestinian territories.

As Syrian death toll tops 5,000, UN human rights chief warns about key city

More than 5,000 people have now died since the start of the public uprising in Syria, the United Nations human rights chief said today, sounding the alarm that a crackdown and fresh eruption of violence could be imminent in one of the country’s key cities.

Secretary-General welcomes swearing in of Yemen's new government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the swearing in of the Government of National Unity in Yemen, calling it an important milestone in implementing the transitional agreement in the country.

In Lebanon, UN deplores targeted explosion that injures five peacekeepers

Five United Nations peacekeepers serving in Lebanon have been injured after an explosion targeted at their vehicle in the country’s south earlier today – the third such attack this year.

UN to dispatch human rights delegation to Bahrain

The United Nations human rights office announced today it is dispatching a delegation to Bahrain, where serious rights violations are alleged to have occurred earlier this year, to discuss how to build a more open and democratic society in the Middle East country.

Ban appoints Hungarian diplomat as deputy UN envoy for Iraq

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed György Busztin of Hungary as his Deputy Special Representative for Iraq focusing on political, electoral and constitutional support.