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28 May 2017 description
report IHH

In 25th anniversary of its establishment IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, launched its 2017 Ramadan campaign with “They are Waiting for You” slogan. Throughout Ramadan IHH is going to deliver aid to 1 million people.

IHH, which has been delivering food hampers and food aid packages to help the poor break fast in abundance, is geared up to put a smile on the faces of orphans and needy.

26 May 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12844

Security Council
7953rd Meeting (AM)

Both Parties Must Take Painful Steps Leading to Ultimate Peace, Mladenov Stresses

26 May 2017 description

"I can’t believe I am in Damascus again. I have not been here for five years,” says 15-year-old Lara al-Tahan. “As our bus got closer to the city, my heart was beating fast and my nerves were tense.”

Lara is among the 297 students from Yarmouk and Lebanon who, on 11 May, headed to the Alliance Quarter in Damascus. The students, who are provided with room and board, are attending the UNRWA support classes running throughout the duration of the ninth-grade national exam from 14 through 25 May.

26 May 2017 description

No Health without Peace: Seventy, Fifty and Ten Are Not Just Numbers in the Lives of 5.3 million Palestine Refugees

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) released the latest annual report from the Agency’s Department of Health earlier today in Geneva, revealing some important statistics regarding the UNRWA health programme (HP) and the health situation of Palestine refugees in the Agency’s five fields of operations – Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, Gaza and Syria.

26 May 2017 description

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, allow me to extend my warmest wishes to Muslims and wish them Ramadan Kareem.

Mr. President,
This briefing unfortunately follows on the heels of the despicable terrorist attacks in Minya andin Manchester. I offer my deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the Egyptian and British Governments and people. There is no justification for terror.

25 May 2017 description

RAMALLAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$3.6 million (CAD$4.8 million) contribution from the Government of Canada to support nearly 200,000 of the most vulnerable non-refugee Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.

25 May 2017 description

Last month, Palestine refugee students from select UNRWA schools in the West Bank enjoyed a clown show performance by the Danish organization, ‘Clowns 4 Care’. At the performance, some 2,500 children cheered with delight, with smiles spreading across their faces. Some could not contain their excitement and shuffled ever closer, eager to be near the clowns who stood before them.

25 May 2017 description

Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching more than 680,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 18 inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, including one to Khan Elshih in which UNRWA and UN agencies reached 5,000 Palestine Refugees and 1,000 Syrian Nationals respectively. In addition, during 2017, 77 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 1,587.9 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.

25 May 2017 description

Today, Rama, a Palestine refugee from Syria, and her classmates from Palestine Martyrs School in Ein El Hilweh, Lebanon, met with children from Sweden’s Helsingborg International School as part of the UNRWA My Voice-My School classroom initiative.

The My Voice-My School project is an innovative programme that combines teacher development, student-centred learning, and information communication technology in the classroom with communication and advocacy.

24 May 2017 description

GENEVA (24 May 2017) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday expressed serious concern as the mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons entered its 38th day without resolution, and the health of hundreds of participating prisoners began to deteriorate significantly.

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP assisted nearly 480,000 food insecure nonrefugees in Gaza and the West Bank in April, through both cash-based transfers (CBT) - using an electronic voucher redeemable in local shops - and in-kind food assistance. Women and children accounted for 70 percent of those assisted.

24 May 2017 description

In Nahr El Bared camp, a community-based recycling project is better for the environment and for scavengers like Ayman.

Ayman’s typical day starts at 6 A.M. With his wagon in hand, he heads to the waste dumping sites of Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp to search for recyclables. He can count on filling his wagon with recyclables by early afternoon. He’ll stop for a quick lunch with his wife and children, and then head out for a second round. By sunset, his day is done, and he’ll have found a treasure trove of recyclable trash.

24 May 2017 description
report World Bank

On a recent visit to the Palestinian territories, a Group of World Bank Executive Directors had an opportunity to witness first-hand the ongoing innovative thinking even in a very challenging and constrained environment. The visit also drove home the critical importance of economic and social services to the Palestinian people during this difficult period of economic contraction.

23 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Violence disrupting children’s access to health services, safe water and sanitation

AMMAN, 24 May 2017 – Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. Damage to health infrastructure is depriving children of essential health care. Water and sanitation services have been compromised, causing waterborne diseases to spread while preventative health care and nutritious food are insufficient to meet children’s needs.

23 May 2017 description
report UN Women

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same.

22 May 2017 description

On 3 April 2017, Civil Administration officials came with bulldozers to Wadi Qana, in the Qalqiliyah area. They uprooted 135 olive tree saplings on land belonging to the ‘Awad family from the village of Deir Istiya.