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12 Oct 2017 description

The Secretary-General spoke today with H.E. Mr Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine. The Secretary-General congratulated the President on the intra-Palestinian agreement signed earlier today in Cairo.

The Secretary-General was encouraged by the recent progress in allowing the Palestinian Government to take up its responsibilities in Gaza, and welcomed the efforts of Egypt to achieve this goal.

12 Oct 2017 description

Yesterday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) held in Beirut a workshop on the reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared Camp (NBC) convened by the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone.

12 Oct 2017 description


At the end of Sept, 6/18 partners (1 UN, 5 INGO) and 8/31 HRP projects are funded.

West Bank/East Jerusalem

Demolition response

81 households have received a shelter response in 2017; 3 cases are pending. Demolition or confiscations of all structures have affected 6,205 people so far in 2017.

Consolidation and upgrading

2,730 shelters in located in Area C need rehabilitation and upgrading in order to meet Minimum Standards and provide adequate protection to occupants.

12 Oct 2017 description


This report is a comprehensive presentation of all data on migration gathered through IOM’s DTM programme for July-August.

12 Oct 2017 description

Delivering humanitarian response that meets the needs of women, girls, boys and men remains a priority for all UN Agencies and their partners. This guidance provides a checklist of essential actions for ensuring equitable participation and fair distribution of humanitarian action at each stage of the Humanitarian Program Cycle (HPC).

11 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

Following a period of recovery after the 2014 Gaza war, growth in the Palestinian territories dropped to 0.7 percent in Q1 2017 as reconstruction efforts decelerated and private consumption slowed down. At 29 percent, unemployment continues to be stubbornly high. Given the ongoing constraints to economic competitiveness, medium term growth is projected at 3 percent. Lower than expected aid and the possibility of further conflict pose down-side risks to growth and employment.

Recent Developments

11 Oct 2017 description

On 11 August 2017, the Israeli military shut and locked the gate it had installed some six years earlier at the main entrance to Kafr a-Dik, a Palestinian village west of Salfit, to prevent passage by vehicle. According to the village council, the Israeli DCO justified the closure on the grounds that youths from the village had repeatedly thrown suspicious objects and Molotov cocktails at Route 446, which is used by settlers. Approximately 6,500 people live in Kafr a-Dik.

11 Oct 2017 description


● Gaza energy crisis further undermines the access of over 49,000 people with disabilities to critical life-saving services and devices.

● The rate of approval of patients’ applications for exit permits via Israel declined to an average of 53 per cent so far in 2017, compounded by delays in the financial approval for such referrals by the Ramallah-based Ministry of Health.

10 Oct 2017 description
report Shelter Cluster


This document provides an overview of responses to the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC) online survey, conducted in preparation for the annual GSC Meeting. Findings are based on a total of 106 responses, as of 26 September 2017.

Participant profile

10 Oct 2017 description

The European Union (EU) has signed an important additional contribution of EUR 9.5 million to the 2017 Programme Budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to a call to donors to help close a shortfall that could impact its key services such as education and health-care.

10 Oct 2017 description

RAMALLAH – The Government of Japan has announced a JPY 350 million (approximately US$3.2 million) contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that will provide six months of food assistance for to 52,000 of the most vulnerable non-refugee Palestinians living in Gaza.

10 Oct 2017 description

In reaction to a number of articles published the last few days, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo clarify the Belgian policy regarding the support to schools in the Palestinian Territories.

09 Oct 2017 description

In 2014, a group of young people living in Burj Barajneh camp decided not to surrender to the prison of drugs and turned an old prison building into a drug rehab centre for addicts to help them build a bright future and embark on a new life, full of hope.

Nimr Nimr talks with sparkling eyes about the centre, called Insan, or human. He says: “We do not deal with addicts but rather with patients who need our help and the support of specialists. I cannot describe the joy and happiness we feel when one of our brothers overcomes this plight and goes back to normal life.”