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UN chief praises impact of Palestine refugee agency as ‘our common success’, at key pledging conference

The work of the UN body responsible for assisting Palestine refugees, UNRWA, which has allowed millions of children to receive an education that promotes UN values of human rights and tolerance, as well as democracy and conflict resolution, should be viewed “not only as our common responsibility, but as our common success”, said Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday.

Monday’s Daily Brief: human rights in the Near East and a Forum for Refugees

Monday’s top stories include: human rights issues in Syria, Iraq and the Occupied Palestinian Territory; a global forum to find coordinated solutions to the plight of refugees worldwide; the election of the new head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Education and basic services for West Bank at risk, warns UN refugee relief agency

Unless more emergency funding is received by the end of this month, the UN relief agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), said on Tuesday that 46,000 children will be unable to start the new school year, along with major cuts to health and other basic services.

In an interview with UN News’s Matt Wells, she praised the solidarity and support of the international community since the US decision, insisting the agency is using its funds “very wisely”, ahead of a key pledging conference in New York on 25 June.

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Palestine refugee crisis ‘expanding’; leaving highest number at risk this century across Gaza

“Alarming and expanding” problems affecting Palestine refugees, risk further destabilizing the Middle East, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNWRA, said on Tuesday.

World Food Programme urges US to reconsider Palestine funding cuts: civilian impact ‘horrendous’

Food insecurity has become a major issue in Gaza and the West Bank, not because food is hard to find, but because hard-pressed families cannot afford to buy it, according to Stephen Kearney, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Representative and WFP Country Director in Palestine.  Mr. Kearney spoke with UN News’s Arabic chief, Reem Abaza.

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News in Brief 28 August 2017 (AM)

UN chief committed to fighting anti-Semitism which is “alive and well”

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Israel occupation “key driver of humanitarian need” in Palestinian territory

Now in its 50th year, Israel’s occupation is being cited by a recent UN report as a “key driver of humanitarian need” in the Palestinian territory and West Bank, including east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

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News in brief 1 May (AM)

“Moderate” Asia-Pacific economic growth faces risks from “global uncertainty”

“Moderate” projected growth this year in the Asia-Pacific region faces risks from “rising protectionism and global uncertainty.”

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News in Brief 31 March 2017 (AM)

UN chief disappointed over plan for new Israeli settlement in West Bank

The UN Secretary-General has expressed “disappointment and alarm” over Israel’s decision to build a new settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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News in Brief 1 February 2017 (AM)

Israeli settlement expansion could be “obstacle” to peace

The decision by the Israeli government to approve the building of more than 5,000 new housing units on land in the occupied West Bank, could be an “obstacle” to peace.

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