Press releases

  • Miroslav Jenca (right), Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, addresses the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East

    Miroslav Jenca (right), Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, addresses the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East. 22 August 2017- UN Photo/Kim Haughton

    22 Aug 2017 - A senior United Nations political affairs official today voiced concerns over recent developments that undermine efforts to end the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including Israel's move to amend a law to cement its control over East Jerusalem.
  • 27 Jul 2017 - The Secretary-General welcomes the news that the crisis in the Old City of Jerusalem has been defused, in line with the status quo at the holy sites before 14 July. He hopes that the dialogue will continue and contribute to creating an atmosphere of trust amongst the communities. The Secretary-General will remain engaged with all stakeholders to this effect.
  • United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

    26 Jul 2017 - I reiterate my concern over the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is essential to fully respect the status quo at the holy sites as before 14 July. I welcome the dialogue between Israel and Jordan, in line with the Hashemite Kingdom's special and historic role, and encourage continued discussions on how to ensure security for both worshippers and visitors.
  • Nickolay Mladenov,UN Special Coordinator Briefs the Security Council. 25 July 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

    Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator Briefs the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Questions. 25 July 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

    25 Jul 2017 - Mr. President, Members of the Security Council, As we meet today to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, the risks of escalation and violence in the region continue to increase, despite the emergence of a newfound agreement among a number of countries of the need to stand united against terrorism and radicalism.
  • Nickolay Mladenov UN Special Coordinator Security Council Media Stakeout on Sit in the WB - 24 July 2017 - UN Photo_Eskinder Debebe

    UN Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov's Security Council Media Stakeout on Situation in the West Bank. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe - 24 July 2017

    24 Jul 2017 - The following is a near-verbatim of a Security Council Media Stakeout by Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, on the situation in the West Bank: Good afternoon,
  • 22 Jul 2017 - Jerusalem - The envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations are deeply concerned by the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. They strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence, and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded.
  • 21 Jul 2017 -
    The Secretary-General strongly condemns this evening’s stabbing attack by a Palestinian perpetrator, which resulted in the death of three members of an Israeli family in the Halamish settlement in the occupied West Bank.
  • A bird's eye view of Jerusalem. Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

    A bird's eye view of Jerusalem. Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

    21 Jul 2017 - The Secretary-General deeply deplores the death of three Palestinians in clashes today with the Israeli security forces and calls for these incidents to be fully investigated. His thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.
  • The Damascus Gate_one of the main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem Photo: UN Photo/John Isaac

    The Damascus Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem. Photo: UN Photo/John Isaac

    20 Jul 2017 - “I am deeply concerned by the recent surge in tensions and violence around the holy esplanade in the Old City of Jerusalem. I welcome the commitment of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to uphold and respect the status quo at the holy sites, and Palestinian President Abbas’ firm condemnation of violence, specifically the deadly attack on two Israeli policemen on 14 July.
  • 13 Jul 2017 - “On 13 July, the Envoys of the Middle East Quartet met in Jerusalem to discuss current efforts to advance Middle East peace, as well as the deteriorating situation in Gaza. The Envoys expressed serious concern over the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and discussed current efforts to resolve the crisis.
  • Shareef Sarhan, UNDP/PAPP image bank
    11 Jul 2017 - The UN Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory released a report today that reviews the socio-economic status of the Gaza Strip, a decade after the events of 2006-2007 that saw a violent take-over of the Strip by Hamas, the enforcement of strict closures by Israel and the administrative separation of Gaza from the West Bank.
  • A group of youngsters sit on an abandoned building in Gaza. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

    A group of youngsters sit on an abandoned building in Gaza - UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

    29 Jun 2017 - Top United Nations officials today declared that ending the occupation is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty.
  • A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. Nickolay Mladenov (shown on screen), UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, briefed the Council via video conference.

    A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. Nickolay Mladenov (shown on screen), UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Council via video conference. UN Photo/Manuel Elias - 20 June 2017

    21 Jun 2017 - Achieving a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that is based on Israeli security needs and the Palestinian right to sovereignty and statehood, the United Nations envoy on Middle East peace told the Security Council today.
  • 20 Jun 2017 - Mr. President, Members of the Security Council, Today I devote my regular briefing to the Council to reporting, on behalf of the Secretary- General, on the implementation of resolution 2334 during the period from 25 March to 19 June.
  • 17 Jun 2017 - “I condemn yesterday’s shooting and stabbing attack by Palestinian assailants in the vicinity of the Old City of Jerusalem in which one Israeli Border Police officer was killed and at least four others, including civilians, were injured.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

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