Asia Pacific

Sri Lanka: UN envoy on children and armed conflict ends visit

A senior United Nations official today wrapped up a visit to Sri Lanka aimed at determining first-hand the well-being of children affected by the recent conflict between Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels in the north of the Indian Ocean nation.

Climate change threatening survival of Himalayan communities – UN report

Climate change is posing a serious threat to communities in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, bringing both drought and catastrophic floods to hundreds of millions of people, according to a new United Nations-backed report.

Nepal: UN, foreign envoys call for investigation into disappearances

Foreign envoys to Nepal today called for an end to impunity for those responsible for a series of disappearances during the decade-long civil war in Nepal, one year after the United Nations issued a report calling for justice and redress.

UN-backed anti-drug centre opens in Central Asia to curb flow of Afghan heroin

A United Nations-backed intelligence sharing centre for Central Asian countries on the front line of the battle against drug trafficking from Afghanistan opened in Kazakhstan today, just a day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council called for greater global cooperation in the war on narcotics.

Senior UN envoy urges more coordinated assistance for Afghanistan’s development

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today called for the country’s key partners to ensure they work together in a more coordinated and streamlined way to move forward with supporting national development efforts.

Nepal: UN rights office urges Government and Maoists to refrain from violence

In the wake of clashes following a recent eviction drive in eastern Nepal, the United Nations human rights office in the Asian nation today called on the Government and Maoists to take a step back from further violence.

Timor-Leste police resume control of country's largest district from UN

The United Nations handed over formal control today of policing operations in the country's largest district of Viqueque to the police of Timor-Leste, part of an ongoing strategy to lessen the UN's direct control over the country's nascent security operations.

UN agency welcomes Sri Lanka’s decision to let people in camps move freely

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed Sri Lanka’s decision this week to allow greater freedom of movement for some 135,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) remaining in 20 closed camps in the country’s north following the recently-ended civil conflict.

UNESCO mourns loss of Japanese painter and Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today voiced its sadness at the death of Ikuo Hirayama, a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima who became an eminent painter and advocate for the agency’s work.

Philippines ‘massacre’ must spur reform, say UN rights experts

The recent killing of 57 people in the southern Philippines, including some 30 journalists, must be seen as a watershed moment for the country, two independent United Nations human rights experts said today, stressing the need to bring the perpetrators to justice and take measures to prevent such crimes in the future.