Asia Pacific

UN agencies prepare to move from relief to reconstruction in Pakistani quake

As United Nations agencies move from emergency relief to reconstruction in Pakistani regions devastated by last October’s earthquake, they are preparing an action plan to prevent an aid gap in the remaining winter period and to improve sanitation to prevent disease in the spring.

$11-million shortfall threatens UN efforts to feed 3.5 million hungry Afghans

With a break in food supplies looming in Afghanistan in March, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on donors to immediately make up an $11-million shortfall in critical funds to feed 3.5 million vulnerable people.

UN official calls for affected communities to have more say in tsunami recovery

Communities affected by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, that killed more than 220,000 people and displaced an estimated two million across South and Southeast Asia, should be given more say in the recovery effort, a senior United Nations official said today at the end of his 10-day assessment mission to the region.

UN humanitarian team sent to assess needs of Indonesian flood victims

A United Nations emergency mission is being deployed to Sulawesi, Indonesia, to assess the situation on the ground there in collaboration with Government and non-governmental institutions following flash floods earlier this week which sent thousands fleeing from their homes and killed at least 33 people.

UN refugee agency ‘extremely concerned’ over fate of Uzbeks deported from Ukraine

Extremely concerned over the fate of 11 Uzbek asylum-seekers deported to their homeland last week from Ukraine, the United Nations refugee agency today again appealed for humane treatment in full accordance with international standards.

UN agency starts long-term recovery effort for Pakistani quake survivors

Launching a two-year programme to help restore the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of survivors of last October’s devastating earthquake in Pakistan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the formation of a team of 23 expert mountain guides to fully assess damage and needs.

Afghanistan: new UN envoy calls for halt to attack on schools and teachers

The new top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today called on opponents of the violence-racked country’s Government to stop attacking schools and teachers and pledged that the world organization would help to reopen schools that have been attacked as soon as possible.

DPR of Korea: UN agency’s governing body approves new food aid plan

The governing Executive Board of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today approved a two-year plan to build on the agency’s decade-long record of humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by tackling nutritional deficiencies and chronic hunger.

Tokelau polls show success of UN Decolonization Committee, Fréchette says

Opening the annual session of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today called the successful referendum in the South Pacific atolls of Tokelau a welcome example of how all people in Non-Self Governing Territories must retain the right to choose their political futures.

Musician Rostropovich launches immunization drive in Azerbaijan with UN help

World-renowned cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich this Friday will kick off a nationwide United Nations-sponsored campaign to immunize more than three million Azerbaijanis against measles and rubella.