Middle East Peace Process

News in Brief 27 May 2021

  • World likely to hit watershed 1.5C rise in next five years: WMO
  • Israel-Palestine in spotlight at Human Rights Council
  • Kenya peacekeeper hailed a gender champion
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Back to Mogadishu: one Somali doctor’s good news story

In this week’s UN Catch-Up: would you return to your war-shattered country to help rebuild it? That’s exactly what one Somali doctor did - she tells us her inspiring story. We’ll have news on the serious escalation in Middle East and the Myanmar crisis – it’s passed the 100-day mark – a call for International Criminal Court proceedings for genocide against Iraq’s Yazidis, and former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s appeal for bold WHO reforms, to prevent another devastating pandemic from happening again. With comment from regular guest Solange Behoteguy Cortes from UN Geneva.

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News in Brief 12 May 2021

  • Independent COVID probe urges overhaul of pandemic prevention
  • UN call for Middle East calm to avoid 'full scale war'
  • Businesses should stand up against Myanmar junta, experts urge
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News in Brief 30 April 2021

  • Southern Madagascar on 'periphery' of famine: WFP
  • Top UN Middle East official calls for new and timely Palestinian elections
  • Chad: human rights office profoundly disturbed over violence against protesters
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Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concludes amid calls to stem spread of misinformation

A UN International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concluded on Wednesday, with a vibrant online panel discussion exploring how the systematic spread of untruths has changed the way traditional news outlets cover the Israel-Palestine conflict, and created avenues for citizen journalists to quickly push out stories to express their lived realities. 

Israel-Palestine: Breakdown in cooperation over COVID, now putting lives at risk

Cooperation between Israelis and the Palestinians at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic is breaking down, putting human lives at risk as the economy goes into meltdown and the threat of Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank lingers, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process says.

Common coronavirus enemy, forges some Palestine-Israel cooperation, but West Bank annexation looms

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating opportunities for cooperation that Israelis and Palestinians must embrace to sustain Middle East peace efforts and bring an end to decades of conflict, the United Nations’ top envoy in the region said on Thursday.

Only ‘concrete action’ will stop fraying of Israel-Palestine peace prospects

Obstacles to any lasting deal between Israel and Palestine continue to mount, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told Security Council members on Wednesday, and only “concrete action” towards a two-State solution will change that dynamic.

‘Collective’ erosion of two-State solution, continues unabated: Mladenov

The “steady deterioration” of chances that a lasting peace can be negotiated between Israel and Palestine as two States live side by side, reflects a “collective failure” of leadership across the region and the world.

‘We are nowhere closer’ to Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, than a year ago, Security Council hears

Recent violence and rising tensions in the West Bank are fuelling a climate of hatred and fear, “driving both Israelis and Palestinians further away” from a resolution to the conflict, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process has said.