Asia Pacific

En route to Myanmar, Ban Ki-moon says he will meet leader in effort to boost aid

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is en route to cyclone-devastated Myanmar, will meet with the country’s Senior General Than Shwe in an effort to accelerate relief efforts for the estimated 2.4 million people in need of help since the disaster struck on 2 May.

UN trade law group welcomes Australian move on insolvency

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) today welcomed Australia’s adoption of legislation – based on the Commission’s model – on cross-border insolvency.

China: UN steps up aid efforts for victims of deadly quake

The United Nations is continuing to rush aid to victims of last week’s devastating earthquake that struck Sichuan province in China’s south-west.

Heading for Myanmar, Ban Ki-moon pledges to do ‘utmost’ to speed aid efforts

As he prepared to leave for Myanmar today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will do all he can to reinforce the immediate relief effort in the cyclone-devastated country and will also draw attention to the need for long-term reconstruction and development.

Top UN relief official meets Myanmar officials, urging major aid push

The top United Nations relief official met in Myanmar today with key Government officials, including the Prime Minster, and said that a major push was required to assist victims of the cyclone that has devastated large areas of the country.

Ban Ki-Moon to travel to Myanmar to boost aid effort

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to arrive in Myanmar on Thursday to visit the areas that have been most affected by Cyclone Nargis, which swept through Myanmar early this month, and also to meet with senior Government officials.

Senior UN envoy and Iranian President confer on reconstruction of Afghanistan

The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran today in a bid to boost support for the reconstruction of the strife-torn Asian nation.

Nepal: UN condemns murder of businessman by Maoists

The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has condemned the recent killing of a local businessman, Ram Hari Shrestha, after Maoist army commanders acknowledged to the mission that the murder was committed by members of their group.

UN agencies increase aid relief in quake-affected south-western China

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up their support to authorities in China as they deal with relief efforts in the wake of last Monday’s devastating earthquake in Sichuan province.

UNICEF rushes emergency relief to quake victims in China

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is rushing to send emergency relief supplies to the centre of China's Sichuan province, the area most devastated by last Monday's catastrophic earthquake.