Asia Pacific

UN refugee agency helps Bhutanese refugees in Nepal shift to solar power

In an unusual partnership announced today, the United Nations refugee agency has linked up with a Dutch fundraising agency to help Bhutanese refugees living in Nepal move to clean energy through solar power.

UN agencies call for release of aid workers abducted in Sri Lanka

Deploring the reported abduction of 10 humanitarian aid workers on the troubled island of Sri Lanka, United Nations officials in the country today called for their immediate release, saying they had “the right to respect and protection from harm.”

Study showing governments violate human rights of tsunami survivors released at UN

Governments are violating the human rights of their own citizens as tsunami survivors endure discrimination, inadequate housing and assaults one year after the tragedy swept through Southeast Asia, a study released today at United Nations Headquarters in New York says.

Annan appeals for aid to Afghanistan at development strategy launch in London

On its difficult journey from conflict and devastation to nascent democracy, Afghanistan has succeeded in forging a progressively reinvigorated State, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in London, urging the international community to respond with assistance and pledging the support of the United Nations in this endeavour.

Violence ebbs in Sri Lanka but tensions still persist – UN agency

Violence in Sri Lanka has ebbed since the Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last week agreed to hold new talks, but scores of people continue leaving the southern part of the country for India, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.

UN and Korean Government sign accord paving way for new technology centre

Aiming to help close the “digital divide,” the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Seoul Government today sealed a pact to open a technology centre in the Republic of Korea.

New development strategy for Afghanistan unveiled ahead of London Conference – UN

On the eve of an international conference aimed at putting Afghanistan on a solid course towards stability, a visionary yet practical development strategy for the country was made public today by the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA).

UN Population Fund’s governing body approves new country programme for China

The Executive Board of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has approved a new $27 million, five-year programme of assistance to China.

Secretary-General says global community has stake to keep Afghanistan stable

On the eve of an international conference focused on the future of Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged Dutch participation in the NATO-led force in the country and said all share an interest in promoting security there.

Pakistan slowly moving from earthquake relief to recovery stage – UN official

After talking with earthquake survivors and aid workers dealing with the aftermath of last October’s earthquake in northern Pakistan, which killed more than 70,000 people, the top United Nations official coordinating the relief operations today expressed optimism that the massive humanitarian effort was clearly moving forward.