Upcoming Israeli, Palestian Elections Could Pave Way to Restoring Legitimate Political Horizon in Middle East, Top Official Tells Security Council

26 Feb

Upcoming elections, currently being organized by both Israelis and Palestinians and slated to be held in 2021, will help to clear a crucial path towards restoring a legitimate political horizon in the Middle East, the senior United Nations official responsible for the peace process told the Security Council during a videoconference meeting today.

Unilateral Actions Could Jeopardize Resumption of Peace Talks, Secretary-General Warns, as Palestinian Rights Committee Holds First 2021 Meeting

4 Feb

The unresolved question of Palestine underlines the continuing importance of the Palestinian Rights Committee, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, during that body’s first formal meeting of 2021, warning that unliteral actions jeopardize the possibility of restarting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary‑General

22 Dec

The Food and Agriculture Organization said it is working to bolster the global response to the Fall Armyworm, considered one of the top 10 devastating plant pests, which places at risk up to 80 million metric tons of maize worth $18 billion per year in Africa, Asia and the Near East.

Secretary-General Appoints Tor Wennesland of Norway United Nations Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process

21 Dec

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Tor Wennesland of Norway as his new Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority.

Top Official on Middle East Peace Process Spotlights Continued Violence, Settlement Activities in Briefing to Security Council

21 Dec

The United Nations official on Middle East peace updated the Security Council today on developments in the region, highlighting continued violence, including against civilians and children, as well as Israel’s ongoing settlement-related activity in the occupied West Bank.

Prospects for Peace between Israelis, Palestinians Remain Remote as Ever, Secretary‑General Stresses, as International Media Seminar Opens

8 Dec

Journalists, media experts, policymakers and scholars within academic and faith communities in Palestine, Israel and elsewhere gathered for the opening of the twenty‑seventh annual International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East today, held for the first time in virtual format, amid the ongoing COVID‑19 pandemic.