Asia Pacific

Indonesia: Annan mourns those who died in ferry sinking, pledges UN support

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today mourned the hundreds of people who died when a ferry traveling between Borneo and Java islands in Indonesia sank, and pledged the world body's support in response.

Afghanistan: UN reaffirms commitment to help reinforce human rights

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today pledged the world organization’s support in entrenching fundamental human rights in the strife-torn country.

UN Police deployed in all 12 districts of Timor-Leste as poll preparations move ahead

United Nations police officers have now deployed in all 12 of Timor-Leste’s districts to help end the low-level gang violence in the country and provide security for the electoral experts who are helping prepare for next year’s polls, the UN envoy said today, as he stressed the world body’s commitment to the elections.

Kyrgyzstan: UN sends aid for quake victims after Government appeal for help

The United Nations is sending $10,000 to earthquake-hit Kyrgyzstan in response to an appeal by the Government for international assistance to provide food, heating equipment, clothing, medicines and construction materials to help victims of the disaster.

UN marks tsunami anniversary with relief airlift for fresh floods in Indonesia

The United Nations marked the second anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami today with calls for enhancing early warning systems that can save hundreds of thousands of lives, expressions of regret that the catastrophe failed to unite Sri Lanka’s warring sides in pursuit of peace, and an aid airlift for victims of new flooding.

UN expert urges Indonesia to ensure labour agencies uphold rights of migrant workers

Hearing reports of sexual and psychological abuse, long work hours and irregular payment of salaries, an independent United Nations expert has called on Indonesia, which provides many migrant workers for overseas employers, to ensure that recruitment agencies protect the human rights of their workers.

UN sends $2 million to flood-hit Aceh region of Indonesia

In response to flash floods that swept over the province of Aceh in Indonesia earlier this month, the United Nations has allocated an initial $2 million grant from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the relief effort in the area, where an estimated 170,000 have been forced to flee their homes.

Absence of funds threatens UN efforts to feed 106,000 Bhutanese refugees in Nepal

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that it will no longer be able to provide full rations to more than 106,000 Bhutanese refugees living in camps in eastern Nepal as of January unless there is an immediate infusion of international donations.

Asia-Pacific environment at boiling point; green growth crucial, UN report warns

Asian and Pacific societies are already living beyond their ecological means, and if they are to continue their much-needed economic expansion, they will have to shift towards efficient ‘green growth’ patterns, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Azerbaijan: UN helps treat thousands of children for parasites, worms

Some 16,000 Azerbaijani children from 6 to 11 years old are being treated for intestinal parasites and worms that can cause a wide range of problems, including reduced growth rate, learning problems and illnesses such as malnutrition, dysentery and anaemia, under a United Nations-backed campaign now underway.