By Matthias Schmale
Matthias Schmale is Director of Operations in Gaza for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of World Water Day on March 22.
“The international community should not only support Palestine in meeting its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) commitments, but must also commit to supporting the Palestinian people in their struggle for their inalienable rights. The Palestinians, deserve, like everyone else, to live in dignity and peace. They deserve to be free in their own state. And it is our moral duty to help them achieve that noble goal. For as Martin Luther King said 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere'.”
General Assembly Second Committee
Seventy-first Session, 24th Meeting (PM)
Members Also Pass Text on Oil Slick off Lebanon, Reinvigorating Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development
The General Assembly would demand that Israel stop exploiting, damaging, depleting or endangering natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan, according to one of three draft resolutions approved by the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today.
5 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince, who is also Second Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, discussing the country's financial support for the UN Palestine refugees agency, the conflict in Yemen, protection of children, as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change.
A new study analyses the problems and prospects of the Palestinian agricultural sector, its importance and contribution to the overall economy, and the impact of constraints imposed by Israel’s occupation.
Despite sharing a similar landscape, climate and nearly identical natural environments, Palestinian agricultural output and productivity have lagged behind that of Israel and comparable countries in the region. On average, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) the yield per dunum (1000 square meter) is half that in Jordan and only 43 per cent of the yield in Israel.
USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv are investing in Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) grants. These grants bring together Israelis and Palestinians to work on issues of common concern and to promote peaceful coexistence.
99 Grants Managed by USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv from 2004 to 2014
40,000 Israelis and Palestinians Participated from 2012 to 2014 - 72% of these participants talk about a Positive Change in their perception.
50% of these participants were Women.
East Jerusalem, 13 August 2015 – The steering committee of the “Towards a Sustainable and Environment Friendly Charcoal Production” project met on Thursday 13 August 2014, at the Jenin Governorate premises, to discuss the results of the first stage of implementing an environmentally sound technique for the production of charcoal in Yabad village. The meeting was followed by a visit to the project site.
The Governor of Jenin, H.E. Ibrahim Ramadan, highlighted the importance of this project as a pioneering Palestinian experiment that requires investment at the national level.
No one likes to live among garbage. But in the overcrowded Shu’fat refugee camp in the West Bank, UNRWA sanitation services are stretched to the limit and garbage piles up in the street. Toxic fumes from burning trash hang in their air.
Happily, this is changing.
“Fathi and I grew up together and shared a dream of creating a difference in the camp community – of improving our situation. Now, with the support of UNRWA we can realize our dream,” explains Khaled Al-Shikh, Executive Director at the Child Centre in Shu’fat camp in the West Bank.
Desperate water situation
27 November, 2013
7 June 2012 Jerusalem
The Barrier Monitoring Unit (BMU) of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) released today the preliminary findings of a joint study documenting the impact of the West Bank Barrier on the environment, rural livelihoods, and the already-vulnerable Palestine refugee population.
Tuesday 5 June 2012 marks World Environment Day. It is an important occasion on which to assert the importance of respect for all peoples’ environmental rights. International human rights conventions emphasize the close relationship between the environment and the individual’s enjoyment of basic rights. Realization of environmental rights is a key factor in people’s lives and welfare.
The EU provided today equipment worth €7.6 million for the collection and transfer of solid waste to eight Joint Service Councils (JSC) across the West Bank. The hand-over ceremony was organized in Ramallah in the presence of the EU Representative, Mr. John Gatt-Rutter and the Minister of Local Governance Dr. Khalid Qawasmi.
UNDP/PAPP’s Development for Freedom: Empowered Lives. Resilient Nation: 2012 – 2014 places the Palestinian People at the centre of development programming geared to support their aspiration for Statehood. It focuses particularly on three geographic areas where the needs and the challenges are the greatest in achieving sustainable human development and statehood: the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and Area C.
Sixty-sixth General Assembly
25th & 26th Meetings (AM & PM)
Also Hears from Experts on Human Rights While Countering Terrorism,
Religious Freedom, Foreign Debt, Extrajudicial Executions, Internally Displaced
Sixty-sixth General Assembly
19th, 20th & 21st Meetings (AM, PM & Night)
Peace Can Only Come through Negotiations, Responds Israel’s Prime Minister, Offering ‘Straightforward Discussion’
Declaring “this is the moment of truth, our people are waiting to hear the answer of the world,” Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, presented an application for United Nations membership before a packed hall today as the General Assembly continued its general debate.