Middle East

‘Critical’ window of opportunity closing fast in Iraq, Security Council hears

Political leaders in Iraq will have to “step up to the plate” and prioritize national interests if the country is to realize a more just and prosperous future, the top UN official there said in the Security Council on Tuesday. 

Syria: UN urges Russia and Turkey to secure ‘fresh ceasefire’ as risk of military escalation grows

With the Security Council meeting in emergency session on Syria following the death on the battlefield of dozens of Turkish troops, the UN strongly urged Russia and Turkey on Friday “to build on previous agreements to secure a fresh ceasefire” across the war-torn northwest.

With Gaza violence ‘escalating as we speak,’ UN envoy calls for ‘immediate stop’ 

It is no longer enough to reaffirm past agreements on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a senior UN envoy, who said on Monday that it is time to “find our way back to a mutually agreed mediation framework” to resume meaningful negotiations towards a two-State solution. 

Amid ‘devastating scale’ of suffering in Syria’s north-west, UN Security Council urged to find political way forward

With progress stalled on both the peace and political fronts in Syria, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen urged ambassadors in the Security Council on Wednesday to “put their weight” into finding a solution to end nearly nine years of conflict. 

UN underlines need for dialogue to resolve Israel-Palestine conflict

Rising tensions and instability across the globe, particularly in the Middle East, underscore the need to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the UN Secretary-General told the Security Council on Tuesday.

ISIL still at ‘centre’ of terrorism threat, Security Council hears

Despite the loss of its last stronghold in Syria and the death of its leader, ISIL “remains at the centre of the transnational terrorism threat”, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Friday. 

Resolving Israel-Palestinian conflict, ‘key to sustainable peace’ in the Middle East: Guterres

Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “key to sustainable peace in the Middle East”, the UN chief said on Tuesday, maintaining that the lack of any progress only “furthers radicalization across the region”.

$1.4 billion needed this year to fund UN’s agency for Palestine refugees

A minimum of $1.4 billion is needed to fund the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, known as UNRWA, the acting chief said on Friday.

End Syria fighting to avoid ‘even greater humanitarian catastrophe’

The “dire and deteriorating humanitarian situation” affecting women and children in northwest Syria was the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator’s top concern on Wednesday morning as he briefed the Security Council in New York.  

‘Negative developments’ undermining two-State solution in Middle East

Recent heightened tensions in the Middle East underscore the critical need for dialogue and diplomacy in the region, the UN’s Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.