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Israel-Palestine: Waste no opportunity for ‘serious’ political negotiation, envoy urges

The top UN envoy for the Middle East peace process told the UN Security Council on Monday that three months after the deadly escalation in violence between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, the situation there remains tense. … [Read More...]

Afghanistan: UN chief condemns terrorist blasts near Kabul airport

António Guterres condemned on Thursday the terror attacks around Kabul airport in Afghanistan and expressed his support for both the injured and the families of those who have been killed.  … [Read More...]

Iraq: Clock ticks on all-important elections, commitment to credibility needed

With just 46 days until Iraq goes to the polls, the UN Assistance Mission for the country (UNAMI) is stepping up its communications to inform voters about their conduct, Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the Security Council on … [Read More...]

Increased Syria violence prompts largest civilian displacements in a year, as gridlock stymies political talks

Progress towards resolving Syria’s decade-long conflict has reached an impasse, the chief United Nations mediator told the Security Council on Tuesday, as an uptick in fighting throughout the country led to some of the largest civilian displacements … [Read More...]

Shelter needs soar for displaced in Yemen’s Marib region

Humanitarian needs, including a lack of shelter, are soaring among displaced communities, as fighting continues in Yemen’s Marib governorate, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned on Tuesday. … [Read More...]

No end to Yemen civil war on the horizon, senior UN official briefs Security Council

No progress has been made by parties in Yemen to reach a political agreement to settle the civil war, which is now in its seventh year, a senior UN official for the Middle East region told the Security Council on Monday.  … [Read More...]

Afghanistan: UN agencies sound alarm over emergency aid supply logjam

UN humanitarian agencies are warning that they are unable to bring urgently needed emergency supplies into Afghanistan, and are calling for a “humanitarian airbridge” to be set up immediately, to allow the unimpeded delivery of medicines and other … [Read More...]

COVID-19: Funding plea to combat Delta variant, call to suspend booster roll-out

During Wednesday’s World Health Organization briefing on COVID-19, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for funding to fight the spread of the deadly Delta variant while also asking wealthy countries to suspend plans to provide booster shots.  … [Read More...]

Afghanistan is facing a ‘cultural disaster’, says UN rights expert

Afghanistan faces a “cultural disaster”, following the fall of Kabul to Taliban forces, a UN Special Rapporteur said on Tuesday, in a statement urging countries to provide urgent assistance to human rights defenders, including those working on … [Read More...]

Fuel crisis in Lebanon means potential ‘humanitarian catastrophe’: senior UN official

Reliable fuel and electricity supply are urgently needed in Lebanon to avert a potential “humanitarian catastrophe”, the top UN aid official in the country warned on Tuesday.  … [Read More...]

Afghanistan: UN agencies urge Taliban to make good on promises to protect vulnerable

Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of the Taliban takeover in the country where humanitarian needs remain critical and widespread among existing and newly displaced populations, UN agencies said on Tuesday. … [Read More...]

UN experts urge Israel to ‘protect and encourage’ Palestine rights defenders

UN Human Rights Council-appointed experts expressed deep concern on Friday over Israeli military interference in the work of a well-known, independent Palestinian child rights organization, in the occupied West Bank. … [Read More...]

Arrests of Palestinian rights defenders part of ‘wider crackdown’

Israel must safeguard human rights activists in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and within its borders, a UN-appointed expert said on Wednesday.  … [Read More...]

Escalating Lebanon-Israel aggressions provoking ‘very dangerous situation’

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, said on Friday that escalating hostilities over the past two days involving Lebanese and Israeli forces have created “a very dangerous situation” in the volatile border region. … [Read More...]

Afghanistan at ‘dangerous turning point’, UN envoy warns Security Council

With the war in Afghanistan now in “a new, deadlier, and more destructive phase”, the top UN official in the country appealed on Friday for the Security Council to act to avert a catastrophe.  … [Read More...]

Displaced Afghans face ‘continued deterioration’ in country

The situation for people who have been displaced due to an upsurge in fighting in Afghanistan following the resurgence of the Taliban is expected to continue to deteriorate, unless more is done to assist them, according to the UN’s International … [Read More...]

Civilians in southern Syria ‘under siege’ – UN human rights chief

The top UN rights official once more sounded the alarm on Thursday over the plight of civilians in Syria, as intense fighting and indiscriminate shelling by Government forces and armed opposition groups paralyze neighbourhoods in and around the … [Read More...]

Work still remains on Syria chemical weapons destruction, Security Council hears

Identifying perpetrators of chemical weapon attacks, and holding them accountable, must remain a priority, a senior UN official said on Wednesday during the latest Security Council meeting on Syria.  … [Read More...]

Donor conference a ‘unique opportunity’ to renew commitment to Lebanon: UN deputy chief

A donor conference to boost support for Lebanon one year after the devastating explosion in its capital, Beirut, represents a “unique opportunity” to renew commitment to the country and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, the UN Deputy … [Read More...]

Beirut’s youth rebuild the Lebanese capital, brick by brick

Young people in Beirut, which was devastated by an explosion in a warehouse at the city’s port on 4 August 2020, have been pitching in to get the Lebanese capital back on its feet with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). … [Read More...]