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.
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.
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.
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.
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.