Asia Pacific

Lack of nutrition having a crippling effect on Kyrgyz children – UN report

Nearly one in every four deaths of young children in Kyrgyzstan is caused by under-nutrition, and the physical and mental development of many other boys and girls is being delayed in the Central Asian country, according to a United Nations report launched today.

UN official calls for joint Asia-Pacific cooperation in face of natural disasters

Asia-Pacific countries must pull together to overcome natural calamities that have set back the region’s road to economic recovery, a United Nations official told the start of a three-day disaster risk reduction meeting in Bangkok today.

New UN report outlines measures to prevent electoral violence in Asia

A new United Nations report warns that Asian nations are at risk of electoral violence, driven by real and perceived fraud and corruption, and stresses the need for strong oversight and other measures to strengthen election credibility.

UNESCO hails release of two French journalists and their Afghan interpreter

The United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today welcomed the release of two French journalists and their local interpreter who had been held hostage in Afghanistan for 18 months.

Upcoming Thai polls should be free, fair and peaceful – UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is closely following the situation in Thailand ahead of this Sunday’s national elections and hopes the polls will be credible and free from violence.

Top UN envoy urges peaceful resolution of Afghan legislative crisis

The United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today called on all parties to conduct themselves responsibly, using only political means and careful to avoid public unrest, after a special court ruled recently to replace a quarter of the members of Parliament due to fraud charges.

Cambodia: UN-backed tribunal begins trial against four top Khmer Rouge figures

The joint trial of the four most senior surviving leaders of the notorious Khmer Rouge regime got under way today in Cambodia at the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to deal with the worst offences committed under the group’s reign.

UN official condemns use of young child as unwitting suicide bomber

A top United Nations official today condemned as unconscionable the use of an unwitting child as a suicide bomber in Afghanistan and a separate attack on a hospital in the strife-torn country.

UNESCO regrets Thai decision to denounce World Heritage Convention

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today voiced deep regret after Thailand announced it would denounce the global convention aimed at preserving humankind's most outstanding shared cultural and natural heritage.

Afghanistan: UN deplores deadly bombing of hospital

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has voiced outrage at a bomb attack earlier today at a public hospital in the country's east that has killed dozens of people.