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West Bank Violence and UN Humanitarian Visits to Hroza and Advisory Group on Local Governments — Global Issues


“I condemn today’s attack by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property in the town of Huwwara in the occupied West Bank,” said Tor Wennesland, United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. Orient, in a press release.

Huwara is located on the main road connecting the northern city of Nablus to Ramallah and Jerusalem and is surrounded by Israeli settlements.

The city has become the scene of repeated settler attacks against Palestinians, military restrictions and shootings against Israelis.

On Thursday, a suspected Palestinian gunman shot at a car in Huwara carrying three members of an Israeli family who remained unharmed. Israeli security forces found and killed him.

This came hours after two Palestinian gunmen and five Israeli soldiers were injured in separate clashes.

“I am outraged by the continued incitement, provocations and lack of accountability for these violent crimes,” Mr. Wennesland said.

“I call on leaders to work now to reduce tensions, hold perpetrators accountable and end this senseless cycle of violence. »

Humanitarian Coordinator visits Hroza

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine, Denise Brown, visited Hroza on Friday, less than 24 hours after an attack there killed dozens of civilians.

A Russian missile strike killed at least 51 people, including a child, in the village near the eastern city of Kupiansk, according to media reports.

Brown said the fact that 20 percent of a community could be wiped out in seconds was a barbaric consequence of the war in Ukraine.

According to the latest assessment, the attack destroyed around a fifth of the village, which housed 330 people.

The humanitarian community is working to support civilians in the region. The UN and partners are mobilizing assistance – including medical supplies and health support, shelter maintenance kits, non-food items, cash and hygiene support – as well as mental health and psychosocial support.

UN to launch advisory group on local and regional governments

UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched his Advisory Group on Local and Regional Governments, in its first hybrid meeting between its 20 members.

“As we consider how to make multilateral institutions more effective and address the current and future challenges facing people and the planet, we need the perspectives and commitment of local and regional authorities,” he said. he declared at the opening of the meeting on Friday.

The Advisory Group includes 15 representatives from local and regional governments, appointed by the Global Working Group, and leaders from five countries, Colombia, India, Nigeria, the Philippines and Spain, with responsibilities or expertise recognized in multi-level governance.

Members will work over a period of one year and meet with the Secretary General three times to inform on the dimensions of local and regional governments to be considered in the preparatory processes for the Future Summit next September.

The Summit will provide an opportunity for countries to strengthen cooperation on critical challenges and reaffirm their commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among other goals.

The Advisory Group will also examine modalities and means to improve institutional mechanisms to strengthen the commitment of local and regional governments.

It should produce a set of recommendations accompanied by strategic orientations with a view to the Future Summit.


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