Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator Jens Toyberg-Frandzen released the latest Human Development Report for the Palestinian Territories entitled “Investing in Human Security for a Future State.” The report explores the different aspects of human security from the standpoint of attaining human freedom and dignity. The report asserts that until Palestinians are afforded economic, environmental, and territorial control of the Palestinian Territories, sustained development will remain elusive.

U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell has completed the first round of serious and wide-ranging proximity talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to direct negotiations toward a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The meeting was said to be rife with commitments between Palestinian President Abbas and Isareli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The full scope of the talk is kept private as of the moment. Mitchell will return to the region next week to continue the meeting.

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry was alarmed by the series of attacks on Palestinian property and individuals by extremist settlers. The U.N. official calls on the government of Israel to curb this security threat. The most recent attack was the deliberate burning of a mosque located in a Palestinian village.

Almost 1.4 Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip have been suffering from daily power shortage since January 2010; the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) produces only half of the electricity that it is supposed to generate. This started when the European Commission withdrew its direct fuel purchase subsidy leading to a power shut down two times since that time. This has greatly affected the overall quality of life of the Palestinian as it disrupts household chores, health services, education and water and sanitation services. (UN)

The World Bank approved an additional financing worth USD7.8 million for the West Bank and Gaza-GZ-North Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment Project. The grant aims to address the health and environmental safety issues besetting the communities that surround the effluent lake and put in place sustainable wastewater treatment solution for the northern governorate in Gaza.

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  • Chiden Balmes

    Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.

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