Renewed violence undercutting Middle East diplomatic efforts – UN official

Diplomatic initiatives to rejuvenate the Middle East peace process are making some progress, but they are being undermined by the deteriorating security situation on the ground, the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today, urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to do their utmost to prevent the violence from escalating further.

Israelis and Palestinians unite to protect Jerusalem’s Old City – UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced today that it has adopted a landmark decision reaffirming the universal value of the Old City of Jerusalem, marking the first time that Israelis and Palestinians had worked together to protect the World Heritage site.

Ban Ki-moon lauds Arab League’s commitment to revitalize Middle East peace plan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the statement by a committee of League of Arab States regarding the resuscitation of the Arab Peace Initiative, which in the past he has called one of the pillars of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.