Asia Pacific

Japan: UN stepping up assistance in wake of quake and tsunami

A United Nations disaster team has arrived in Japan and local officials have asked the world body to dispatch a team of nuclear safety experts as emergency operations continue in the wake of Friday’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

Japan informs UN atomic watchdog of explosion at nuclear power plant

The United Nations atomic watchdog agency today reported that Japan''s nuclear safety body has informed it of an explosion at one of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was affected by yesterday''s massive earthquake, and that an assessment is under way.

UN voices sorrow, pledges assistance after quake and tsunami hit Japan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep sorrow today and offered the full support of the United Nations after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan, killing dozens of people and destroying towns, villages and large swathes of infrastructure.

Cambodia and Thailand agree to UNESCO meeting over damaged temple site

Representatives of Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to a United Nations-sponsored meeting to discuss ways to safeguard the Preah Vihear Temple, a World Heritage List site that was damaged during border clashes between the South-East Asian neighbours earlier this year.

UN rights expert condemns sharp increase in Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes

An independent United Nations expert has called on Israel to stop illegally demolishing Palestinian homes in the West Bank, including two apartment buildings in East Jerusalem where 150 people are about to be evicted, citing a recent surge in such actions.

Pakistan joins UN programme for treatment and care of drug users

In an effort to reduce the health and social impact of drug use in Pakistan, the United Nations and the country’s authorities are working together on a new project to ensure addicts have access to appropriate treatment and care.

Citing rising death toll, UN urges better protection of Afghan civilians

Ordinary Afghans continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing conflict in the country, says a United Nations report released today that points to a 15 per cent rise in the death toll last year and urges greater efforts by all parties to protect civilians.

UN-managed Asian tsunami trust fund broadened to cover disaster preparedness

The head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Thailand’s foreign minister today signed an agreement expanding the scope of the regional tsunami trust fund to include support for disaster preparedness projects.

Veterinary experts assisting DPR Korea with livestock disease outbreak – UN

Veterinary experts from the United Nations and the World Organisation for Animal Health are assisting the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in responding to outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease among pigs and cattle.

Ban vows to help Pacific Island States mitigate climate change impact

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged United Nations support to help Pacific Island States mitigate the impact of climate change, noting that many of them are “on the front lines” of the battle.