Asia Pacific

UN food agency hails $10 million UK donation to Pakistan quake relief

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a $10 million contribution from the United Kingdom to help operate a helicopter fleet bringing assistance to the survivors of the massive earthquake that hit Pakistan last October.

UN agency concerned about four Uzbek refugees detained in Kyrgyzstan

Officials with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) are calling on the Kyrgyz Government to refrain from any action aimed at forcibly returning four Uzbek refugees now in detention to their home country.

Winter in Pakistani quake zone late but harsh, UN refugee agency says

Winter in northern Pakistan has come late but with a vengeance, unleashing three days of rain and snow this week that is adding to the misery of survivors of the 8 October earthquake, grounding relief flights and causing landslides that cut off road access to many affected areas, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.

As Nepal truce ends, UN human rights chief warns against abuses

With the expiration of the four-month unilateral ceasefire by Communist rebels in Nepal, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today urged all sides to avoid a renewal of the gross abuses that characterized their conflict.

No evidence Turkey’s bird flu cases came from human-to-human contact, UN says

A United Nations team is heading today for Turkey to help investigate two deaths from bird flu and nine hospitalized cases, the first outside East Asia, but no evidence so far would suggest that the cases represent human-to-human transmission, David Nabarro, the Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, said today.

UN envoy hails South Asia trade pact as boon to region's poorest States

The United Nations envoy for the world's vulnerable countries has hailed the entry into force of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement as a boon to the region's four poorest States: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal.

As mercury dips in Pakistan, aid workers help earthquake survivors prepare for cold

As rain and snow pelted the areas of Pakistan devastated by last October’s massive earthquake, aid workers are working to help survivors cope with dipping temperatures, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

New arrests of activists in Cambodia threaten progress, UN rights chief warns

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today expressed “deep regret” over the Cambodian Government’s arrest of two more human rights activists and warned this trend threatens to undo efforts to build a just society in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation.

UN agency helps Afghanistan develop pioneering environmental legislation

Laws aimed at protecting Afghanistan’s wildlife, waterways and forests, believed to be the first legal conservation tools in the country, have been developed by the Government with assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the agency announced today.

UN agencies aid Pakistani earthquake survivors in flood-hit areas

United Nations agencies are working to help Pakistani earthquake survivors suffering after this weekend’s heavy rains and snow exacerbated their already desperate living conditions, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.