Press releases

  • 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.
  • UN Resident Coordinator Robert Piper and H.E. Ibrahim Al-Shaer, Minister of Social Development signing the 2nd UNDAF for the occupied Palestinian territory, covering the period 2018-2022.

    UN Resident Coordinator, Robert Piper and Minister of Social Development, H.E. Ibrahim Al-Shaer, signing the UNDAF for the occupied Palestinian territory, covering the period 2018-2022.

    15 Jun 2017 - In the presence of H.E. Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah, and representatives of various ministries, and United Nations Agencies, the United Nations and the Government of Palestine today signed the second United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the occupied Palestinian territory, covering the period 2018-2022. 
  • 27 May 2017 - “I welcome reports that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention suspended their hunger strike this morning under an agreement reached between concerned parties. I call on all sides to abide by the terms of the agreement and avoid similar heightened tensions in the future."
  • Electrical power transmission lines in Gaza City. Photo: World Bank/Natalia Cieslik

    26 May 2017 - The United Nations Middle East envoy today cautioned that unless urgent measures are taken to de-escalate the crisis now spiralling out of control in the Gaza Strip, there will be devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis alike.
  • 18 May 2017 - “I am following with great concern the ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian detainees protesting against their conditions in Israeli jails. The strike is now entering its second month and it is imperative that a resolution be found as soon as possible in line with International Humanitarian Law and Israel's human rights obligations.
  • 09 May 2017 - “I am following with great concern the tense situation in Gaza, where a new energy crisis is now unfolding. Reform of the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company (GEDCO) is essential to improve revenue collection and transparency in line with international standards. The defacto authorities in Gaza must ensure that collection rates are improved and that revenue collected in Gaza is returned to the legitimate Palestinian authorities in order to keep fuel and electricity supply flowing.
  • 01 May 2017 - The persistent absence of progress to resolve the IsraeliPalestinian conflict continues to significantly impede Palestine’s development, according to a new report issued by the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). The parties are overdue to take the necessary steps, on the ground to create an environment conducive to peace, as recommended by the Middle East Quartet.
  • Mosul

    A family displaced by fighting between ISIS and Iraqi security forces carry their belongings as they walk through the destroyed western neighbourhood of Al Mamum, near Mosul, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi

    21 Apr 2017 - 20 April 2017 – Reporting on the dire situation across the Middle East region, marked by the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War, fractured societies, proliferation of non-State actors and unbelievable human suffering, a United Nations envoy today reiterated the need for a surge in diplomacy for peace to ease the suffering of innocent civilians.

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