Asia Pacific

Shelter urgently needed for Indonesian quake victims, UN aid agencies say

Finding shelter tops the list of priorities for emergency relief agencies scrambling to help hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia devastated by last month’s powerful earthquake off the coast of the island of Sumatra, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Additional funding helps UN agency feed Timorese schoolchildren

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed additional support that will enable thousands of children in Timor-Leste to receive meals while attending school.

Ban urges Afghan President to respect constitutional process

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai today discussed the latest developments concerning the recent elections, as the United Nations-backed panel investigating claims of fraud submitted its findings to the country’s top electoral authority.

Latest military offensive in Pakistan could uproot 170,000 people – UN

United Nations agencies and their partners are providing assistance in north-west Pakistan, where the Government estimates that over 100,000 people have already been displaced by the latest military offensive against militants and the number could rise even further.

Ban welcomes humanitarian group’s efforts to rid Afghanistan of mines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised a humanitarian organization committed to eradicating landmines worldwide for its efforts to turn minefields into agricultural land in Afghanistan.

Anticipated military offensive drives thousands of Pakistanis from their homes – UN

The United Nations refugee agency said today that there have been new outflows of people from Pakistan’s South Waziristan region this week in anticipation of military operations against insurgents.

UN meeting calls for new technology policies for disabled in Asia-Pacific

A United Nations-backed gathering in the Republic of Korea wrapped up today calling for improved access to Internet and mobile phone technologies, among others, for some 400 million persons with disabilities living in the Asia-Pacific region.

In wake of Pacific tsunami, UN official urges countries to build better to reduce future risks

A United Nations official just returned from visiting tsunami-battered islands in the Pacific Ocean today urged officials in the region to make sure they reduce their exposure to future disasters when they rebuild vital infrastructure.

UN humanitarian chief ends visit to Indonesia as death toll from quake tops 1,100

The official death toll from last month’s earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra has climbed to 1,117, including those still missing, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today as its chief wrapped up a two-day mission to the site of the destruction.

Food aid needed in Nepal for thousands hit by flooding and landslides – UN

Flooding and landslides triggered by torrential rainfall in the middle and far western regions of Nepal this month have killed 58 people, displaced an estimated 2,600 families and affected over 18,000 more, the United Nations reported today.