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A previous Middle East Quartet meeting. UN File Photo/ Eskinder Debebe.

International envoys discuss two-state solution

A group of international envoys has met with officials from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States to discuss how to preserve the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.

The meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday also looked at creating conditions that will enable the two sides to return to meaningful negotiations.

The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet also underlined what they described as "the essential role" of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States in achieving "a sustainable and just Israeli-Palestinian peace."

The Middle East Quartet consists of representatives from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations.

Saudi donation for upgrade to UNRWA facilities in Jordan

A US$7.6 million pledge from Saudi Arabia will help the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to upgrade and equip its health centres and schools in Jordan.

Ten UNRWA health centres will get new medical equipment, while five of its schools will be provided with additional classrooms, textbooks and IT equipment.

The contribution is part of a US$35 million package to the UN agency.

UNRWA says more than two million Palestinians are registered as refugees in Jordan.

Thai teen tops in UN-backed environmental art competition

A painting by a Thai teenager depicting the power of renewable energy has won the Asia-Pacific division in an international children's art competition co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Panchachon Phommueang's artwork will go on to compete with winning entries from other regions of the world later this year.

The international painting competition inspires people worldwide to see environmental issues through the eyes of children aged 9 to 14 years.

This year's theme –"We have the power!"—supports the UN decade of Sustainable Energy for All.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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