Asia Pacific

Pakistan: UN food agency to feed 1.3 million quake survivors through winter

The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) can guarantee winter food supplies for hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in remote high-altitude villages in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, but continuing donor support is vital for one of the most challenging logistical operations the agency has ever faced.

More than 440,000 Afghans refugees return from Pakistan in 2005 with UN help

The United Nations has helped more than 440,000 Afghans to return home from Pakistan in 2005, the highest annual number since 2002, the UN refugee agency said today.

Torture, though on decline, remains widespread in China, UN expert reports

Torture, though on the decline, particularly in urban areas, remains widespread in China, and Government officials have increasingly recognized the problem and undertaken a number of measures to tackle it, the independent United Nations human rights expert on the issue said today.

Pakistan: with winter closing in, UN sets out quake relief priorities for December

With the harsh Himalayan winter fast approaching, the United Nations emergency office today laid out December's priorities for bringing relief to the survivors of Pakistan's devastating earthquake, including continued assistance for up to 380,000 people who choose to remain in their homes in remote locations.

Annan welcomes Communist rebels' extension of ceasefire in Nepal

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the decision by the rebel Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to extend by one month the unilateral ceasefire that it declared in September in its decade-long battle to oust the Himalayan country's monarchy.

New UN agricultural development loans are designed to help tsunami survivors

Some 140,000 surviving Sri Lankan households which lost their livelihoods in last December's tsunami will benefit from new United Nations agricultural development loans to help replace infrastructure and equipment for fishing communities, as well as restore coral reefs and replant vital coastal vegetation.

Pakistan: threat of additional deaths among quake victims more acute, UN reports

The threat of a wave of additional deaths among earthquake survivors in northern Pakistan is becoming more acute with each passing day as families continue to arrive in relief shelters, fleeing the sudden advance of winter, according to the latest report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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.