Asia Pacific

Thai Princess becomes Goodwill Ambassador for UN women’s agency

Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand has joined the United Nations “Say No to Violence against Women” at a ceremony to mark her designation as a Goodwill Ambassador in Thailand for the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

UN health agency scales up assistance to flood victims in India, Nepal

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is working to curb the risk of disease outbreaks and help millions affected by deadly floods in India and Nepal.

Top UN envoy travels to Beijing for Paralympics

Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, attended the opening ceremony of the Paralympics today in Beijing, China, acting as the Secretary-General's Special Envoy at the event.

UN agency wraps up Asia telecom conference looking to the future

The United Nations telecommunications agency closed the door today on their annual conference, attended by government ministers from the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on new business opportunities to sustain growth in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry.

UNICEF concerned at ‘grim’ situation in north-east India following floods

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) expressed grave concern today over the worsening humanitarian situation in Bihar, where more than 3 million people have been uprooted and at least 60 killed in the worst flooding to hit north-east India in 50 years.

UN envoy briefs General Assembly President on Myanmar visit

United Nations Special Advisor Ibrahim Gambari has briefed the President of the General Assembly on his recent visit to Myanmar, during which he held talks with a range of people on issues such as national reconciliation and how to help the South-East Asian nation tackle its socio-economic challenges.

Sri Lankan rice production wins support from UN-backed project

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced plans today to boost rice production in districts of Sri Lanka hit hard by recent floods or conflict and by the soaring cost of many basic foods.

Cambodian women with HIV receive boost from fashion designer and UN agency

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), renowned fashion designer Bibi Russell and Cambodian women living with HIV have joined forces to launch a new line of contemporary bags.

UN agency provides technology training for Asia-Pacific officials

Asia-Pacific policymakers are undergoing a new information and communication technology (ICT) training workshop run by the United Nations, aimed at using ICTs to achieve social and economic development goals as well as bridging the digital divide.

Sri Lanka: UN officials stress need to help civilians caught up in fighting

United Nations officials in Sri Lanka have acknowledged the Government’s announcement that it will take extra steps to improve the freedom of movement of thousands of civilians affected by recent fierce fighting in the north of the country.