Asia Pacific

Urgent shelter needed for Indonesian quake victims ahead of rainy season – UN

The top United Nations emergency relief official took a helicopter tour today of the worst affected rural areas in the wake of last month’s earthquake in the Indonesian island of Sumatra, flying over valleys ravaged by dozens of landslides.

In Islamabad, UN remembers colleagues killed in brutal bombing

The United Nations today remembered five fallen colleagues who were working on the frontlines against hunger when their lives were brutally cut short by a suicide bombing last week at the headquarters of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the Pakistani capital.

UNAIDS chief praises innovative clinic in Bangalore at end of visit to India

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS has wrapped up his first official trip to India, praising the pioneering work of a Government-run clinic in Bangalore, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said today.

Months of hard work ahead in storm-battered Philippines, says top UN official

The crisis in the Philippines in the aftermath of two devastating storms that recently hit the country is not over, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today, as he appealed once again to donors to support the relief and recovery efforts.

Top UN official calls for swift and orderly release of child soldiers in Nepal

A senior United Nations official appealed today for the swift and orderly release of nearly 3,000 Nepalese minors who served as Maoist army personnel in the country’s civil war and yet remain in temporary camps, three years after a peace deal ended the conflict.

Visiting flood-ravaged Philippines, UN aid chief pledges full support

The top United Nations emergency relief official arrived in the Philippines today, pledging full cooperation after two successive storms affected over 6 million people, killing more than 500 and displacing scores of thousands of others, and caused crop damage estimated at over $160 million.

UN envoy admits Afghan elections marred by fraud but denies cover-up

The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has acknowledged that “widespread” fraud took place during the August elections, but stressed that there are mechanisms in place to ensure that the result reflects the will of the people.

Persistent tensions threaten to undermine progress in Timor-Leste, warns Ban

The root causes of the community tensions behind the violence that shook Timor-Leste in 2006 remain, threatening the nascent country’s fragile security, despite its recent peaceful celebration of 10 years since a vote for independence, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

Nepal: UN welcomes fresh start to discharge of former Maoist fighters

The United Nations welcomed today's re-launching of the discharge and rehabilitation process of over 4,000 former Maoist fighters – including child soldiers – in Nepal, with the world body's top envoy to the Asian nation calling it an important step forward in the peace process.

Secretary-General welcomes Armenian-Turkish accord

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today's signing of two protocols paving the way towards normalizing ties between Armenia and Turkey, voicing hope that the move will contribute to peace, security and stability in the South Caucasus region.