Asia Pacific

UN relief chief concerned over physical condition of Sri Lankans trapped by clashes

The top United Nations humanitarian official today voiced concern for the hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans pushed into a progressively shrinking pocket of land in the northern part of the country due to clashes between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Ban condemns 'acts of violence' in Bangladesh mutiny

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned what he called the “brutal acts of violence,” in the two-day mutiny by members of the Bangladesh Rifles border guards, which have resulted in a mounting death toll.

UN refugee chief lauds resettlement efforts made by Australia, New Zealand

The top United Nations refugee official has paid tribute to both Australia and New Zealand for the reception and services they provide to those forced to escape their own countries.

Maldives: climate change threatens right to housing, says UN expert

Rising sea levels and coastal erosion, both wrought by climate change, threaten the viability of Maldives, but overcrowding and other impacts are already felt by the island nation’s 300,000 people, a United Nations independent expert cautioned today.

Security Council extends Timor-Leste peacekeeping mission

The Security Council today extended for one more year the mandate of the peacekeeping mission it sent to help stabilize the fledgling nation of Timor-Leste in the wake of violent clashes in 2006.

Drug resistance threatens global progress to control malaria, warns UN agency

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the emergence of a drug-resistant form of malaria in South-East Asia could seriously undermine global successes in controlling the disease.

Newsmaker: world looking for ‘positive signals’ from Myanmar, UN envoy says

Ibrahim Gambari recently returned from his seventh visit to Myanmar, as part of United Nations efforts to promote national reconciliation and democratization in the South-East Asian nation. While critics may say his visits have not resulted in any concrete results, the seasoned diplomat believes that change is underway but will take time.

Assembly President calls on China to support reform of financial institutions

The President of the General Assembly today appealed to China to support United Nations initiatives to transform international financial, economic, monetary and trade policies in response to the current global economic and financial crises.

Sri Lanka conflict curtails access to health care for tens of thousands, warns UN agency

The ongoing conflict in northern Sri Lanka between the Government and a rebel group is limiting access to health care, putting the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned today.

UNICEF receives $48 million from retail chain IKEA to help India’s poor

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) initiatives supporting some of the poorest people in India are set to receive a $48 million boost from Swedish retail giant IKEA, the agency announced today, coinciding with the day of International Corporate Philanthropy.