Asia Pacific

As tsunami anniversary nears, UN envoy Clinton visits worst hit area in Indonesia

United Nations tsunami envoy former United States President Bill Clinton continued his anniversary tour of regions devastated by the Indian Ocean disaster, visiting the Indonesian province of Aceh, the most ravaged area, and calling for a balance between the need for quick results and the achievement of lasting outcomes.

UN dream of rail link from Northern Europe to South East Asia moves step closer

The Trans-Asian Railway (TAR), a potential network of over 80,000 kilometres of routes linking 27 Member States of the United Nations regional body for Asia and the Pacific, gained new momentum today under a draft agreement that could boost transport ranging from trade to tourism as far as northern Europe.

Annan to begin 14-day trip to Asia this weekend

United Nations Secretary-General will start a 14-trip to Asia this weekend with official visits to China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Vietnam that will deal with issues ranging from bird flu to UN reform, a UN spokesman said today.

China: UN discusses sending disaster management team to site of toxic spill

Representatives of several United Nations agencies are discussing with the Chinese authorities a suitable date for a UN disaster management team to visit contaminated area of the Songhua River following a large explosion at a petro-chemical plant in China's Jilin Province earlier this month, a UN spokesman said today.

Pakistan: UN refugee agency reports first deaths due to cold among quake victims

The first cold-related deaths have been reported among Pakistani earthquake survivors – two children who died of pneumonia and a man of hypothermia – and many more can be expected as temperatures drop below freezing point, especially at higher elevations, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

UN tsunami envoy Clinton returns to Sri Lanka, Indonesia, as anniversary nears

With the one-year anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami approaching, former United States President Bill Clinton, United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, returned to Sri Lanka today, praising the recovery progress already made but warning that there was still more to do.

UN-backed Global Compact meets in China in largest gathering on ethical principles

Nearly 800 business leaders and government and civil society representatives are to meet today in China under the umbrella of the Global Compact, an initiative of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, for the largest event held in modern China on best practices in business ethics.

UN expert 'deeply regrets' extension of house arrest of Myanmar activist

A United Nations human rights expert today joined the chorus of those expressing strong disapproval of the extended detention under house arrest of Myanmar democracy activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for another six months, after over 10 years of being held without charge.

UNICEF calls 2005 'Year of Emergencies' as tsunami anniversary nears

The year 2005 has been an unprecedented year of emergencies for children, with an extraordinary series of natural disasters, food crises, and conflicts tearing at the fabric of life for tens of millions of people, according to a report by the United Nations Children's Fund released today.

UN Goodwill Ambassador Jolie sees urgency of more aid in Pakistan

Touring high-altitude villages in Pakistan, where aid is just arriving for victims of the 8 October earthquake that killed at least 73,000 people, UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie saw firsthand the urgency of getting more aid quickly to areas that will soon become inaccessible because of winter.