World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN Pledges Never To Desert Palestinian Refugees

UN And Individual Countries Pledge To Never Desert The Palestinian Refugees

The United Nations and the international community will not abandon the estimated four million Palestinian refugees scattered across the Middle East – that was the vow today from participants at the conclusion of a two-day conference in Geneva about tackling the Palestinians’ humanitarian needs.

During the meeting of countries and international organizations, delegates pledged to donate $10.5 million to help the Palestinians, with several other countries or regional groups also promising to give financial aid in the future.

They also agreed that special attention should be given to the needs and concerns of Palestinian children, saying they would improve the standard of school buildings and continue measures to boost health care.

The delegates stressed they would try to ensure a safe environment in areas where Palestinian refugees are living so that the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) can better deliver essential services.

Delegates also agreed to focus on several areas of reform in the years ahead: building greater respect for international humanitarian law, ensuring the freedom of movement for refugees, improving access to jobs, and increasing community development.

The conference was organized and hosted by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The countries and organizations that made pledges were Algeria, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development. France, Norway, Sweden, the United States and the European Union said they would donate funds soon.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news