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11 Mar 2017 description

Your Excellencies, Honorable Ministers,

Your Excellency Secretary General of the League of Arab States,

Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council on the situation in the Middle East and the Palestinian Question.

I applaud your unfaltering commitment to supporting the Palestinian people in their rightful quest to put an end to a half-century of occupation and establish an independent state of their own.

Their cause is your cause. It is our cause. It is the cause of peace.

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Gaza, 05 March 2017 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan concluded the Gaza Youth Employability Protection in the Gaza Strip project through a ceremony that took place in Rafah City in the presence of H.E Takeshi Okubo, Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority and UNDP Head of Gaza Office Mr Basil Nasser. Through the project, 430 youth were given the opportunity to develop their skills and livelihoods.

10 Mar 2017 description

The Government of Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Agency Cooperation (SIDA), has contributed SEK 60 million (approximately US$ 6.6 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to support the Agency’s emergency response to the Syria regional crisis (SEK 30 million) and the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (SEK 30 million).

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Construction of schools and infrastructure projects: In 2016, UNRWA completed the construction of 24 new school buildings, addressing the current and future needs of UNRWA students. In addition, over the past year the infrastructure and camp improvement programme completed the construction of two health centres, four infrastructure projects, a solid waste transfer station, a public library and storm water harvesting projects in various schools across Gaza.

09 Mar 2017 description

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in al-Bireh.
- 5 civilians, including a child and journalist, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

An Israeli drone targeted a military observation point belonging to Hamas Movement and completely destroyed it.

Israeli forces continued to target the border areas in the Gaza Strip.
- Two Palestinian civilians were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip.

09 Mar 2017 description

Summary, March 2017

From September 2000 – when the second intifada broke out – through February 2017, Israeli security forces killed 4,868 Palestinians who were not taking part in hostilities. About a third of them (1,793) were under the age of 18.

08 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Children in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region1 have witnessed remarkable progress in development during the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. Starting from comparatively advanced levels, many countries made further progress in implementation of their children’s rights agenda since the beginning of the 21st century. However, progress has been uneven – among countries as well as within countries.

08 Mar 2017 description

UNRWA Marks International Women’s Day

Statement by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl

Today UNRWA joins the rest of the world in marking International Women’s Day under the UN theme of ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030’.

08 Mar 2017 description

Statement by UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness

UNRWA is alarmed by the escalation of violence in Dera’a Governorate, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Fighting among parties to the conflict in the area is causing the displacement of Palestine refugees, impeding humanitarian access to critical aid and has resulted in the deaths of Palestine refugees in recent weeks.

08 Mar 2017 description

The European Commission for Humanitarian Operations (ECHO) has contributed a total of EUR 5 million (US$ 5.4 million) to UNRWA in support of the Agency’s emergency response in Syria.

08 Mar 2017 description

On the 8th of March every year, the world celebrates the Women's Day, which comes as an important reminder of women's role in making real and positive change in the human society over the ages.

07 Mar 2017 description

Catherine Bellamy, Simone Haysom, Caitlin Wake and Veronique Barbelet
February 2017

More than 4.7 million refugees have fled Syria, most of them to neighbouring countries including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. With 10% of Syrian refugees currently residing in camps, host governments and aid agencies have had to rethink conventional refugee assistance programmes designed for camp-based responses.

07 Mar 2017 description
report Government of Japan

Grant Contract for one Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) was signed today by Mr. Takeshi Okubo, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the PA, and representative of Sarta Village Council at the Representative Office of Japan in Ramallah for a total amount of US$ 76,290.

07 Mar 2017 description

A little more than two years have passed since the start of the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) operations, and a significant change of the Gaza Strip is apparent. With tens of thousands of housing units built or renovated, and the construction of hundreds of projects is underway, what started out as cautious optimism is defined today by many as what is shaping the Gaza Strip as a whole and in particular, with the local economy.

06 Mar 2017 description
  • As of 28 February, United Nations Coordinated Appeals and Refugee Response Plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require $22.6 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 95.3 million crisis-affected people in 33 countries. Needs and financial requirements have increased due to finalization of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) requesting around $2.1 billion and together the appeals are funded at $1.6 billion, leaving a shortfall of $21.0 billion.

06 Mar 2017 description
report Gisha

Exit of goods

Since November 2014, Israel has allowed limited sale of Gaza-grown and produced goods in the West Bank. Since March 2015, Israel has also allowed an even smaller number of products form Gaza to be sold in Israel. From 2007-2014, only export abroad had been permitted. The monthly average number of truckloads of goods departing Gaza to all destinations in 2016 was about 17% of the monthly average in 2007, before the closure was imposed.

05 Mar 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

In one decade we’ve reached 2m people

Islamic Relief staff and supporters have been celebrating 10 successful years of operating in Lebanon.

Parties in Saida, Beirut and Tripoli included a football tournament and a children’s drawing competition.

We first started working in Lebanon in 2006, providing those affected by the Lebanon war with food, water and hygiene kits.

Over the last decade your support has allowed our team to reach:

  • 40,361 children with welfare services and 11,087 with education,