Gaza

UN agency ramps up for Gaza reconstruction push

A week after a major conference in Cairo on the reconstruction of war-ravaged Gaza, and in the wake of recent visits to Gaza by the Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, the key UN agency on the ground there has begun scaling up its response to meet critical needs of people in the Strip.

In war-ravaged Gaza, Ban urges ministers of new government to unite on “building one Palestine”

Two days after donors pledged $5.4 billion in aid for Gaza reconstruction, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the war-ravaged enclave, where he viewed destruction wrought by the most recent conflict that was “beyond description”, and also met with the ministers of the National Consensus Government calling on them to focus all efforts on “building one Palestine.”

In Cairo, Ban urges parties to Gaza conflict to end ‘cycle of building and destroying’

On the next stop of his tour of North Africa, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Egypt today at a conference on the reconstruction of Gaza urged all parties to last summer's war to address the root causes of the protracted conflict to prevent the “cycle of building and destroying” from becoming a ritual.

UN chief set for Gaza visit to help jump-start massive reconstruction effort

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he will travel to Gaza on Tuesday to visit several sites destroyed during last summer's conflict, spotlighting the need to help the enclave “look ahead and build a better future” and advance reconstruction efforts.

In phone call, Ban, Israel's Netanyahu discuss need for lasting ceasefire in Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke today with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging the Isreaeli leader to retrun to calm in Gaza and enouraging steps to facilitate Egyptian efforts to secure a lasting ceasefire.

Gaza: Ban confers with world leaders, stresses importance of durable ceasefire

After the breakdown earlier this week of the latest temporary ceasefire in Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need for efforts to guide the parties towards a durable peace, today making a round of phone calls to a number of key players in the Middle East and beyond concerning the situation.

As Gaza ceasefire holds, UN humanitarian partners deliver life-saving aid, assess damage

With the latest ceasefire in Gaza holding, United Nations humanitarian partners are delivering life-saving aid and surveying damaged areas to figure out what is urgently needed on the ground.

Ban deplores recent upsurge in anti-Semitic incidents since start of Gaza conflict

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the recent upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, particularly in Europe, in connection with protests concerning the escalation of violence in Gaza.

UN and partners urge humanitarian ceasefire, return to dialogue by Israelis, Palestinians

The United Nations and its diplomatic partners today called for a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire, as they continue their efforts to bring about an end to the bloodshed and destruction that is tearing apart the lives of so many civilians in Gaza and Israel.

Renewed tension disrupts UN construction projects in Gaza Strip

More than 20 vital United Nations construction projects for schools and housing in Gaza are stalled, and social and economic conditions are worsening due to the closure of crossings with Israel as clashes have increased, the top UN envoy for the Middle East warned today.