Asia Pacific

UN refugee agency agrees to look at new ways to spur Afghans to return from Iran

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Iran and Afghanistan have agreed to look for additional funding and new ways to encourage Afghanis to return home from Iran after numbers plummeted this year following four years of unprecedented returns.

Maternal mortality the focus of UN-led South Asian forum on development goals

Improving maternal health and reducing child mortality were high on the agenda as more than 100 experts from across South Asia gathered today in the Nepalese capital for the start of a two-day forum organized by the United Nations and other groups on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UNESCO chief joins condemnation of killing of journalists in Afghanistan

Calling for greater efforts to protect the safety of the media in Afghanistan, the head of the United Nations body mandated to defend freedom of the press today added his voice to the condemnation of the murder of two German journalists in the strife-torn country at the weekend.

Bird flu: UNICEF helps Thailand with preventive education in schools

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping Thailand with a nationwide school-based campaign to protect children and their families from the spread of bird flu and the threat of its mutation into a deadly human pandemic.

DPR Korea: Security Council experts continue discussions on resolution over nuclear test

The United Nations Security Council today continued discussions at experts’ level over what action to take against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) after its reported nuclear test, with the issue of sanctions and their enforcement high on the agenda of a possible draft resolution.

DPR Korea: Security Council members discuss what action to take over nuclear test

United Nations Security Council members today continued discussions over what action to take against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) after its reported nuclear test, with the issue of possible sanctions and their enforcement among the key topics.

Security Council members 'strongly condemn' nuclear test by DPR Korea

The United Nations today strongly condemned the reported nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), calling it “a grave challenge” that violates international norms, aggravates regional tensions and creates serious security issues for the world community.

UN officials express condolences for two German journalists killed in Afghanistan

United Nations officials today expressed their condolences for the two German journalists working for Deutsche Welle who were killed Saturday in Afghanistan, and said the incident underscored the continuing dangers journalists face in the country.

Rising violence and drug trade in Afghanistan prompt Security Council mission

Voicing alarm about the volatile security situation inside Afghanistan and the threat posed by the country’s growing production of illegal drugs, the Security Council announced today that it will send a mission to the country as early as next month.

Ancient Silk Road to get its modern railway counterpart under UN auspices

From Armenia to Viet Nam, an ‘iron’ version of the famed Silk Road will move a step closer to reality next month when Asian transport ministers sign an agreement under United Nations auspices for a trans-continental rail network to link their capital cities, ports and industrial centres, and facilitate international trade and tourism.