Middle East

UN agency to release first ever 'Human Development Report' on Arab world

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today that it plans to publish the first ever Human Development Report for the Arab region, focusing on the quality of life in 22 countries.

Annan says Israeli steps to ease conditions for Palestinians would be encouraging

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said it would be "very encouraging" if Israel were to take measures to relieve pressure on the population of the Palestinian Territories.

Iraq earns additional €354 million under UN's oil-for-food scheme

Iraq has earned an additional €354 million (euros) under the United Nations oil-for-food programme, which allows Baghdad to export its petroleum and use a portion of the revenues to purchase humanitarian relief.

Annan urges all parties to Middle East crisis to help end tragedy

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in New York that the Middle East region was facing a "major crisis" and stressed that all the parties involved must work together to help "in ending the tragedy and getting back to the table."

UN symposium examines challenges facing children in Arab world

A four-day United Nations symposium on children's rights wrapped up today in Beirut with a call on Arab countries to reinforce policies ensuring young people's rights to development and social welfare.

Continuing Middle East diplomacy, UN envoy holds meetings in Damascus

Continuing his diplomatic efforts in response to recent violence in the Middle East, a top United Nations envoy held high-level meetings today in Syria.

Iraq earns additional €370 million under UN's oil-for-food programme

Iraq has earned an additional €370 million (euros) under the United Nations oil-for-food programme, according to new statistics released today by the office overseeing the scheme, which allows Baghdad to export its petroleum and use a portion of the profits for humanitarian relief.

UN development agency appeals for funds to help Palestinian students

With the education of thousands of Palestinian youths at stake, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is appealing for emergency funds to help students in Gaza and abroad to pay university tuition and fees.

Middle East: Warning that violence could spread, UN envoy pursues contacts

Amid growing international concern over the latest spate of Middle East violence, a top United Nations envoy met today with senior Palestinian officials and then headed for Jordan and Syria for more high-level meetings.

Security Council members call on Iraq to cooperate on missing Kuwaitis

Security Council members today expressed concern at the plight of Kuwaiti and third country nationals missing since Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, and called on Baghdad to cooperate with the United Nations official who is looking into that matter.