Unresolved Gaza crisis hampering efforts to advance Mid-east peace – UN envoy

As members of the diplomatic Quartet prepare to meet in Italy on Friday as part of ongoing efforts to promote peace in the Middle East, the top United Nations envoy to the region said today that a commitment by both Israel and the Palestinians to change the dynamics in Gaza is vital.

Secretary-General calls again on Israel to ease Gaza blockade

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeated his call on Israel to ease its blockade on Gaza during a meeting today in New York with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

UN, aid agencies call for end to Israel’s two-year blockade of Gaza

A group of nearly 40 United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) today called for an end to Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has now been in force for two years and has left the population of 1.5 million almost totally dependent on international aid.

UN human rights chief appeals for cooperation in Gaza probe

The top United Nations human rights official today called for an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and cooperation with an investigation mandated by the Human Rights Council of the recent conflict there.

UN concern grows over Israeli blockade of Gaza crossings

The ongoing Israeli restrictions on the flow of goods in and out of Gaza is hampering reconstruction and recovery efforts after the recent conflict in the Strip, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today.

Israel must open Gaza, freeze settlements, says Ban

Underscoring the need for a two-State solution and a durable peace in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Israel to allow fuel and building materials into Gaza, freeze settlements in the West Bank and make fundamental changes in its security practices and policies.

Top UN sports envoy visits Gaza

The United Nations envoy tasked with promoting sport for development visited Gaza today to explore ways to improve the daily lives of children and youth.

Ban renews call for Israeli cooperation with UN Gaza human rights probe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has renewed his call for Israel’s cooperation with the team mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council to probe alleged rights abuses and violations of international law during the recent conflict in Gaza, his spokesperson said today.