Asia Pacific

UN contributes $7 million for victims of deadly Chinese quake – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that up to $7 million will be released from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support United Nations relief efforts in the aftermath of Monday’s massive earthquake in China that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

UN humanitarian chief to arrive in Myanmar on Sunday

The top United Nations relief official plans to talk directly with the authorities in Myanmar in an effort to accelerate the relief effort for victims of Cyclone Nargis which may have left more than 100,000 people dead and severely affected up to 2.5 million others.

Focus in Myanmar on saving lives, not politics, Ban Ki-moon tells Assembly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations is concerned with saving lives, not with politics, as he tries to ramp up aid efforts following Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar and has severely affected up to 2.5 million people.

Nepal's recent elections only one milestone in peace process - Ban Ki-moon

Despite last month’s landmark Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal, the South Asian nation still has a long way to go in completing the peace process, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report made public today.

Ban Ki-moon to send UN humanitarian chief to Myanmar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he plans to send the United Nations’ highest-ranking aid official to Myanmar to boost efforts to tackle the crisis caused by Cyclone Nargis, which devastated the country at the beginning of the month.

Unlawful killings continue at heavy rate in Afghanistan, UN rights expert says

Afghan police and military forces, Taliban insurgents and foreign troops must step up efforts to prevent more civilian casualties, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that Afghanistan still suffers from large numbers of avoidable killings.

UN humanitarian officials in China reach out to offer help after quake

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in China is in contact with the country’s authorities to offer UN tools and services to help in the rescue and recovery efforts following Monday’s deadly earthquake.

Much bigger aid effort needed for Myanmar – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a much greater mobilization of resources and aid workers in Myanmar to respond to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, which has left at least 38,000 dead and more than 27,000 others missing since it swept through the country earlier this month.

UN helps Timor-Leste avoid long reach of global food crisis

The United Nations is assisting Timor-Leste’s Government to keep the price of rice as low as possible as part of its efforts to minimize the impact of the global food crisis on the young and impoverished country.

Ban Ki-moon deplores deadly terrorist bombings in Indian city of Jaipur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his outrage at yesterday’s series of bombings in the historic old city in Jaipur in western India, which have killed at least 60 people and injured about 200 others.