Diplomatic Quartet calls on both sides to ‘work constructively’ towards peace

The Middle East diplomatic Quartet issued a wide-ranging statement today calling on Israel and the Palestinians to work constructively to create an environment where there can be progress towards Palestinian statehood that is consistent with previous international agreements and resolutions.

Ban Ki-moon heads to Berlin for top-level Quartet meeting on Middle East

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on his way to Berlin to attend Wednesday’s high-level meeting of the Middle East Quartet, the international diplomatic grouping trying to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Middle East peace hopes more unstable after volatile month – UN official

The recent eruption of violence in the Gaza Strip and its extension into southern Israel illustrates the volatility of the Middle East conflict, and the longer it continues, the greater the long-term threat to prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, the United Nations’ political affairs chief told the Security Council today.

Ban Ki-moon to attend Quartet meeting on Middle East next week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend a meeting of the Middle East Quartet, the international diplomatic grouping trying to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, in Berlin next week, his spokesperson announced today.

Secretary-General dispatches Middle East envoy amid rising concern

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is dispatching his new Middle East envoy Michael Williams to the region for consultations after a week of deadly violence involving intra-Palestinian clashes, Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli military operations.

General Assembly President issues call for women’s rights in Middle East

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, a lawyer and rights advocate from Bahrain, has issued a strong call for addressing the social, educational and other constraints impeding the equality of women in the Middle East.

British adviser chosen as next UN envoy on Middle East peace process

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the United Kingdom’s Michael Williams, a long-time United Nations staffer and foreign policy adviser, to the post of Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

UN-backed civil society forum urges action on Middle East peace

Sounding a strong collective call to action, a broad cross-section of civil society gathered in Pretoria for a United Nations-backed Public Forum in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace stressed the urgent need to press for the immediate resumption of the political dialogue between the two sides, and for renewed efforts to keep talks focused on ending the occupation and alleviating the suffering of the Palestinian people.

Secretary-General ‘saddened’ by deaths of peacekeepers in Sinai

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was ‘saddened’ to learn of the deaths of nine members of the independent peacekeeping force in the Sinai, a United Nations spokesperson said today.

Secretary-General thanks UN peacemaking official for quarter century of service

As the Peruvian Alvaro de Soto – whose peacemaking skills were put to use in the Middle East, Western Sahara and Myanmar, among other places – concludes a quarter century of service to the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his profound gratitude to him for his contributions to the world body.