Tag Archives: Jordan

Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp turns three, challenges for the future of thousands living there

As Jordan’s Za’atari camp the largest refugee camp in the Middle East prepared to mark its third anniversary, the UN refugee agency revealed on Tuesday (July 28) an increase in the number of refugees seeking shelter in camps across the rest of the country. UNHCR said that living conditions for more than half a million refugees living outside of camps in the country had become increasingly tough, swelling the population of other camps. The latest survey showed 86 per cent of urban refugees live below the Jordanian poverty line of 68 JOD (approx. US$95) per capita per month. Continue reading

Security Council Work Programme for April

Security Council President Briefs Press on YemenAmid the crisis in Yemen, the ongoing situation in Syria and other urgent threats to peace and security, the Jordanian presidency of the Security Council would focus on a range of issues, holding three open debates and hearing top officials brief on pressing matters. During the coming weeks, the 15-member body was scheduled to focus on some of Continue reading

Wrapping up Middle East visit, Ban voices hope 2013 will be ‘decisive’ year for peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. UN Photo/Rick BajornasSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on a visit to Jerusalem, stressed his full support for direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and voiced the hope that this year will be a decisive one for peace in the Middle East. “I am encouraged that Israelis and Palestinians have re-engaged in direct dialogue. But for these negotiations to have a Continue reading

UN calls to maintain open border access for fleeing Syrians

Antonió Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), launches the organization's “State of the World’s Refugees” publication, now in its sixth edition. 31 May 2012 United Nations, New YorkUN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Tuesday urged countries against restricting cross-border access for Syrian refugees while warning that immediate measures must be taken to mitigate the enormous risks of spill-over and to stabilize Syria’s neighbours. “I reiterate my call to all states, in the region and further afield, to keep borders open and Continue reading