Asia Pacific

Afghan legislators receive orientation under project jointly designed by UN

New members of the Afghan National Assembly, the Loya Jirga, which opens on 19 December after a three-decade break, will undergo a week-long orientation programme on the functions they will be performing for the next five years under a project co-sponsored by the United Nations.

Pakistan: UN intensifies measles vaccination efforts in quake-stricken areas

As the harsh Himalayan winter closes in on quake-stricken Pakistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is intensifying its ongoing battle against measles outbreaks as well as fighting plummeting temperatures.

Sri Lanka: UN expert calls on all sides to act against extrajudicial killings

The United Nations expert on arbitrary executions has called on all parties to the conflict in Sri Lanka to take more determined action to tackle the killings that have plagued the country in recent days.

UNESCO deplores ‘alarming’ increase in attacks on journalists in Philippines

Deploring the murder of yet one more Philippines journalist, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has said that violence against reporters in the Southeast Asian country has reached “alarming proportions.”

Central Asian States could double income through economic cooperation – UN

The five former Soviet Central Asian republics, with a population of nearly 60 million people, could as much as double their incomes over the next 10 years by strengthening regional economic cooperation, according to a United Nations report released today calling for a special UN envoy to help move the agenda forward.

Cambodia: UN envoy hears complaints over arrests, constraints on freedom

The United Nations envoy for human rights in Cambodia, on his first visit to the country, is to take up with the Government the many complaints he has heard about the judicial system, the detention of eminent persons in politics, journalism and trade unions, and the lifting of parliamentary immunity of opposition party members.

Pakistan: with snows coming, UN on standby for large influx of quake survivors

With heavy snow forecast in northern Pakistan by the end of this week, the United Nations refugee agency is standing by for a possible exodus of up to 230,000 earthquake survivors from higher elevations and needs over $5 million more to funding its operations through the harsh Himalayan winter.

UN staff help to raise nearly half a million dollars for tsunami relief

The United Nations Staff Relief Committee for Tsunami Victims, which collected nearly a quarter of a million dollars that was later doubled through matching funds, has signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement a range of projects helping survivors of the catastrophe to rebuild their lives.

Deadly violence in Sri Lanka must not derail peace process – Annan

Strongly condemning the recent violence in Sri Lanka, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced hope that it will not hamper the commitment of the Government or rebels to the peace process.

Interpol publishes first notices for suspected terrorists on UN sanctions list

In a bid to tighten the noose around terrorists, the first Interpol-United Nations Security Council Special Notices have been issued for individuals targeted by UN sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban.