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07 Oct 2017 description

PAL/2216-PI/2214

International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, AM & PM Meetings

VIENNA, 6 October — The International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concluded today, with two panel discussions exploring themes of bias, objectivity, truth and the role of both social and traditional media in covering the issues that mattered most to Palestinians and Israelis.

06 Oct 2017 description

For 70 years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has affected the Middle East landscape and defied the international community’s peacebuilding efforts. Tensions escalated after the most recent negotiations collapsed, spurring additional violence, hardening public attitudes, and threatening prospects for a negotiated settlement. Facing these challenges and their impact on broader U.S. national security interests, the current administration has identified this conflict as a diplomatic priority.

USIP’S WORK

06 Oct 2017 description

PAL/2215-PI/2213

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SEMINAR ON PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AM & PM MEETINGS

VIENNA, 5 October — The 2017 International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East opened in Vienna today, with journalists, diplomats, academics and civil society representatives sharing views on the status of peace efforts, ways to end the occupation — now in its fiftieth year — and media narratives about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

06 Oct 2017 description

We’ve been suffering water and power outages for years. There was a long period when we used to receive electricity for eight hours at a time, followed by eight hours without. The water problem was also more or less under control back then. But then things got worse, and we began to get just four hours of electricity, followed by 12 hours without. At the moment we only have running water once every four days, for three or four hours a time. When the supply comes on, we use an electric pump to fill containers on our roof.

06 Oct 2017 description

Statement by UNRWA Spokesperson Christopher Gunness

A recent report about the Palestinian Authority textbooks being used in UNRWA schools is inaccurate and misleading. 178 of the books cited are not being used in UNRWA schools; that’s almost 90 per cent of the evidence on which the conclusions of the report are based. These books are not being used in UNRWA schools for a number of reasons:

06 Oct 2017 description

Key figures

  • 217,022 Libyans currently internally displaced persons (IDPs)

  • 278,559 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

  • 43,133 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

106,459 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017

Population Movements

05 Oct 2017 description

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today signed its first Memorandum of Understanding with RedR Australia (RedR AU), a leading humanitarian agency for international emergency relief, to help strengthen the Agency’s emergency response activities. The signing ceremony was attended by Ms. Kirsten Sayers, Chief Executive Officer of RedR Australia, and Ms. Francoise Vanni, Director of the UNRWA Department of External Relations and Communications.

04 Oct 2017 description

Today, Ambassador Ahmet Yıldız, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey and his delegation composed of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency and the Turkish Red Crescent concluded a two-day visit to UNRWA fields in Gaza and the West Bank in conjunction with Turkey’s responsibilities in the Advisory Commission (AdCom) of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as Vice Chair and Chair in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

03 Oct 2017 description

Today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the European Union (EU) held a ceremony in Nahr el-Bared camp to mark the handing over of newly reconstructed houses to 93 returning families.

03 Oct 2017 description

“This morning I met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza. I was encouraged by the firm commitment of President Abbas and the Government to return to Gaza under the full control of the legitimate Palestinian Authority. This is essential for resolving the humanitarian situation as soon as possible, most notably the crippling electricity and health crises, and should facilitate the lifting of the movement and access restrictions on Gaza, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1860.

02 Oct 2017 description
report Tufts University

Forced displacement is among the most pressing challenges in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide continues to increase, particularly in MENA, where waves of unrest and conflict have driven a huge increase in displacement. In 2016, there were an estimated 65.6 million people forcibly displaced around the world, of which 26 percent were living in countries across the MENA region.

For each refugee displaced in MENA, there are almost six internally displaced people (IDPs).

02 Oct 2017 description
report UNOPS

In Gaza, many families continue to live in temporary shelters.

​​"Currently 29,000 people in Gaza have no home," said Nick O'Regan, Director of UNOPS Infrastructure team and former head of the organization's office in Gaza, citing figures from the Shelter Clust​er.​

02 Oct 2017 description
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Letter of transmittal

Mr. Secretary-General,

I have the honour to enclose herewith the report of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for submission to the General Assembly and circulation to all the competent bodies of the United Nations for necessary action, as appropriate, in accordance with paragraphs 2 and 10 of its resolution 71/20 of 30 November 2016.

The report covers the period from 4 October 2016 to 5 September 2017.

02 Oct 2017 description

A review of recent humanitarian interventions that support local markets in emergency contexts revealed a limited scope and breadth of this type of activity. While many agencies show good creativity and understanding of market systems in emergencies, most activities are in the form of small grants to traders, to help them recover and to facilitate access to markets for disaster-affected communities. Such support includes small and large, formal and informal traders, but does not often go beyond grants, although sometimes trainings and other “soft support” are provided.

02 Oct 2017 description

Peace and stability are key to achieving the Global Goals in the Arab States, EU-UNDP report says

First report on the partnership between the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Arab States was released today in Brussels.

Entitled “ Empowering people and building peaceful societies”, the report showcases results of the many initiatives carried out by the EU and UNDP, impacting the lives of millions of people across the region.

02 Oct 2017 description
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Thailand’s refugee policies and violations of the principle of non-refoulement

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

On the evening of 26 May 2017, Muhammet Furkan Sökmen, a Turkish national, recorded a video in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. In the video, subsequently sent to diplomats and human rights organizations, Sökmen stated: