UN refugee agency seeks urgent health care for Palestinians at Iraq border camp

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is “highly concerned” over living conditions for hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes in Baghdad to a camp near Iraq’s Syrian border, which has no healthcare and is vulnerable to a harsh climate.

Middle East: Annan condemns suicide bombing in Jerusalem

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the suicide bombing in Jerusalem yesterday as a “heinous crime” and called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to punish those responsible.

Chair of UN Palestinian rights panel urges adherence to recent agreements

Expressing cautious optimism about the results of a recent meeting between Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, the chairman of a UN Palestinian rights panel has stressed the need for a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement, according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

Palestinian economy mired in crisis of unprecedented severity, UN report warns

With the Palestinian economy mired in a crisis of "unprecedented" depth and severity, a genuine recovery will take years and will need substantial resources even if there is a quick end to the region's current political problems and a resumption of normal economic activity, a new United Nations report warns.

Annan urges increased aid to alleviate Palestinian economic hardship

Deteriorating economic conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory have generated diminishing support for the peace process there, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in a new report, urging greater international assistance to bolster United Nations relief efforts in the area.

Annan "profoundly saddened" by death of Palestinian official Faisal al-Husseini

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he was "profoundly saddened" by the sudden death of Palestinian leader Faisal al-Husseini, who died of a heart attack in Kuwait.

UN development agency appeals for funds to help Palestinian students

With the education of thousands of Palestinian youths at stake, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is appealing for emergency funds to help students in Gaza and abroad to pay university tuition and fees.