Middle East conflict

The conflict in the Middle East has occupied the United Nations since its early years and is an item on the agenda drawing continued attention. In response to hostilities that have broken out at various times, the United Nations has sent impartial observers or peace-keeping forces to the region and has formulated principles for solving the underlying political problems.

UN and peacekeeping operations

In 1948, the first UN peacekeeping mission was deployed to the Middle East to supervise the truce imposed by the Security Council to end the first Arab-Israeli war, and during the Suez Crisis, in 1956, the UN created its first United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF I). At present, there are three peacekeeping operations in the region:

  1. UNTSO (Middle East)
  2. UNIFIL (Lebanon)
  3. UNDOF (Golan)

Security Council and Middle East

The United Nations is engaged in identifying lasting solutions to bring about a permanent peace in the Middle East. The Security Council has set the basic principles for a negotiated peaceful settlement by two resolutions: 242 (1967) och 338 (1973). The Council has addressed the situation in the Middle East and the Palestinian question on many occasions.

In order to heighten international awareness of the question of Palestine and promote international support for and assistance to the Palestinian people, the General Assembly has established the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

UN humanitarian assistance

A number of UN bodies, funds and programs are involved in humanitarian assistance in the region. A UNSCO - the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has been established to provide a focal point within the United Nations system vis-à-vis the parties to the peace process, regional and international actors, and international and multilateral institutions.

UN Body

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UNRWA

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees

UNRWA

UNDP

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP

The World Bank

World Bank Group

World Bank Group

ESCWA

Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

ESCWA

UN-HABITAT

UN Centre for Human Settlements

UN-HABITAT

OCHA

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA

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