Middle East

UN relief agency for Palestine refugees receives King Hussein humanitarian prize

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) today was awarded the King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Prize for its 50 years of services to Palestine refugees, and its emergency work in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip over the last 13 months.

Iraq: UN reports further drop in crude exports under 'oil-for-food' programme

Iraqi crude exports under the United Nations oil-for-food programme continued to drop over the past week, according to the UN office overseeing the effort that allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenue to purchase humanitarian relief.

Need to advance Middle East process discussed in Annan’s meeting with Arafat

The need for energetic action to move forward with the Middle East peace process was the focus of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s meeting today with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, who was at United Nations Headquarters to address the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate.

In Qatar, FAO says agricultural reform must consider plight of developing nations

Describing chronic undernourishment as "an extreme manifestation of poverty," the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called on the international community to incorporate productivity enhancing measures in the proposed agricultural reform process in the developing countries.

Annan says trade talks in Qatar must tackle needs of developing nations

The current round of trade negotiations taking place in Doha, Qatar, must genuinely address the needs of developing countries in order to lift people out of poverty, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Lebanon: UN to host meeting in Beirut on mine clearance

An international support group for mine action work in Lebanon will convene its first meeting on 12 November at the United Nations House in Beirut, in an effort to ensure good cooperation between the agencies involved in landmine work in the country.

Lebanon: UN envoy says Israel must halt its air violations of withdrawal line

Responding to recent violations of Lebanese airspace, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Personal Representative for southern Lebanon today said Israel must immediately halt those actions.

Middle East: UN Palestinian rights panel urges implementation of Mitchell report

Implementation of the Mitchell committee report offers "the most practicable route back" to the Middle East peace process, according to the annual report of a United Nations panel charged with promoting the rights of the Palestinian people.

Iraq: UN sanctions committee approves oil prices for US market

The Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Iraq has approved a pricing mechanism for the delivery of petroleum to the United States for the month of October, the office overseeing the United Nations "oil-for-food" scheme said today.

Annan's envoy in southern Lebanon to meet with newly elected administrators

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon will assess the needs of the local administration in the area during an upcoming trip there, the United Nations announced today.