Archive for February 1st, 2020


The Trump Administration’s Middle East Proposal Undermines Chances for just and Lasting Peace

By the Norwegian Refugee Council

The Trump administration’s plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict disregards international law and diminishes prospects for a just and lasting peace, said two major humanitarian organisations on 29 January 20920.
Children heading home from school pass the yellow steel gate at Qafisheh checkpoint in Hebron's Tel Rumeida neighborhood on 2 May 2019. (Photo_ Ivan Karakashian_NRC)
Children heading home from school pass the yellow steel gate at Qafisheh checkpoint in Hebron, 2 May 2019. Photo: Ivan Karakashian/NRC

A Minimum of $1.4 Billion Needed This Year to Fund UN’s Agency for Palestine Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — A minimum of $1.4 billion is needed to fund the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, known as UNRWA, the acting chief said on Friday [31 January 2020].

© UNRWA | Palestinian children ride a tuk-tuk (modified motorcycle and miniature pickup) on their way to school.
Christian Saunders said the funds would provide essential services throughout 2020, including life-saving humanitarian assistance for 5.6 million registered Palestine refugees across the Middle East.

US Middle East Peace Plan Is ‘Lopsided’ and Will Only Entrench Occupation: UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

31 January 2020 (UN News)* – A United States plan released this week to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is “lopsided” and will only entrench occupation, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday [31 January 2020].

UNICEF/Ahed Izhiman| On 12 July 2018 in the State of Palestine, 8-year old Hamid looks out over the old city of Hebron from the roof of his house. Checkpoints punctuate Hebron’s old city, part of the area known as H2, and affect the movement of people, including access to education as many children must pass one or more checkpoints on their way to school.

‘Wetlands Are Vital’ – They Provide Essential Ecosystem Services Such as Water Regulation, Including Flood Control, Water Purification, …

Human Wrongs Watch

30 January 2020 (UN Environment)* — World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.


Photo by Igor Stojović. Lake Ulcinj, Montenegro
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