Israeli building plans criticized

JERUSALEM, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- An Israeli plan to build 1,028 homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank "contradicts efforts" to renew the peace process, a Palestinian official said.
Palestine joins UNESCO

Palestine joins UNESCO

PARIS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was on hand Tuesday for the raising of the Palestinian flag at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Israel to release frozen Palestinian money

JERUSALEM, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Israel has agreed to transfer $100 million in tax and customs payments, after a monthlong freeze that threatened to collapse the Palestinian National Authority.

UNESCO to guide Pompeii restoration

POMPEII, Italy, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The United Nations says it will work with Italy to restore Pompeii, which was damaged by heavy rains last year.
Israel mulls releasing Palestinian funds

Israel mulls releasing Palestinian funds

JERUSALEM, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Israel is considering the release of Palestinian tax revenues that have been frozen for more than a month, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday.

U.N. envoy urges diplomacy for peace talk

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The top U.N. envoy to the Middle East Monday urged Israeli and Palestinian officials to submit concrete proposals to revive the Middle East Peace talks.
P.A. denies deal to freeze statehood bid

P.A. denies deal to freeze statehood bid

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Palestinian leaders deny the Palestinian Authority would defer its U.N. membership bid if Israel frees hundreds of prisoners and lifts financial sanctions.
Report: Sarkozy calls Netanyahu a liar

Report: Sarkozy calls Netanyahu a liar

CANNES, France, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy allegedly called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a liar in talks behind closed doors, a French Web site said.

UNESCO seeks continuation of U.S. funding

PARIS, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The announcement that Washington was pulling funding from UNESCO means the agency can't work at its current level of activity, an official said.
Palestinian envoy studies UNESCO vote

Palestinian envoy studies UNESCO vote

JERUSALEM, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The top Palestinian envoy to the United Nations said he was studying how countries voted to admit the territory to UNESCO to help gauge a possible U.N. vote.
Abbas: Full U.N. membership is sole focus

Abbas: Full U.N. membership is sole focus

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Palestinian officials said Thursday they will put their sole focus on full U.N. recognition and not petition other agencies after gaining UNESCO membership.
Settlements illegal, London tells Israel

Settlements illegal, London tells Israel

LONDON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- London reminded the Israeli government that settlement activity in the Palestinian territories violates international law and threatenes the peace process.
Israel approves hundreds of housing units

Israel approves hundreds of housing units

JERUSALEM, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and government ministers approved the construction of more than 1,900 housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Hackers attack Palestinian networks

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority said Tuesday computer hackers launched a sustained attack on the main phone and Internet networks in the West Bank and Gaza.

U.S. shuns U.N. post UNESCO vote

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Palestinian membership to UNESCO triggers U.S. laws that require Washington to refrain from funding the cultural organization, the U.S. State Department said.
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Bulgarian Irina Bokova gives a speech after she was formally inaugurated as UNESCO Director General in Paris, October 23, 2009. Bokova has become the first woman and the first Eastern European to chair the organization. UPI/Eco Clement

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (French L'Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture : UNESCO; pronounced /juːˈnɛskoʊ/) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its stated purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and the human rights along with fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter.[1] It is the heir of the League of Nations' International Commission on Intellectual Cooperation. UNESCO has 195 Member States[2] and eight Associate Members.[3][4] Most of the field offices are "cluster" offices covering three or more countries; there are also national and regional offices. UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication and information. Projects sponsored by UNESCO include literacy, technical, and teacher-training programmes; international science programmes; the promotion of independent media and freedom of the press; regional and cultural history projects; the promotion of cultural diversity; international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritage (World Heritage Sites) and to preserve human rights, and attempts to bridge the worldwide digital divide. It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group.[5]

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