Asia Pacific

High risk of polio spreading from Pakistan, UN health agency warns

The risk of polio spreading from Pakistan is high, particularly given the expected mass travel for the upcoming Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, the United Nations warned today, calling for full vigilance abroad and a scaling up of “inadequate” counter-efforts within the country.

Afghanistan: UN strongly condemns assassination of former president

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) have voiced shock and sadness after learning of the deaths earlier today of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the former president who has been spearheading recent peace and reconciliation efforts within the country, and several colleagues in an apparent suicide attack.

UNICEF-backed conference seeks to ensure inclusion of children with disabilities

Government leaders and experts today discussed ways to improve education, health care and social services for millions of children with disabilities during a conference co-organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Azerbaijan.

Elections in the spotlight during talks between UN chief and Timorese premier

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão have discussed the South-East Asian country’s ongoing preparations for presidential and parliamentary elections next year in a tête-à-tête that also focused on efforts to promote national reconciliation.

New UN report calls on Asia-Pacific nations to transition to green economy

A new United Nations report calls on countries in Asia and the Pacific to embark on a ‘green’ industrial revolution that takes advantage of improvements in resource efficiency so that they can prosper in the 21st century.

Pakistan: UN and partners seeking $357 million to assist with flood response

The United Nations and its partners are asking donors to fund a $357 million plan to help the Pakistani Government provide vital assistance to more than five million people affected by massive flooding in the country’s south.

UN rights chief lauds Australian move on identity for transgender, intersex people

The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed Australia’s decision to enable its citizens who are transgender or intersex, or who do not wish to identify themselves as either male or female, to have their sex and gender identity properly reflected on their passports.

UN agencies scaling up assistance to flood-affected Pakistanis

United Nations agencies are scaling up their assistance to flood-affected people in Pakistan, where more than five million people are urgent need of food, shelter, safe water and access to health services.

Timor-Leste: UN backs traditional dialogue process in resolving violent dispute

An argument between two martial arts groups in Timor-Leste that escalated into violence, resulting in the death of an off-duty police officer and the burning of 67 houses, has been resolved by a day-long traditional peace-building dialogue backed by the United Nations.

Voicing concern over floods in Pakistan, Ban pledges continued UN assistance

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over the flood disaster in Pakistan and pledged the United Nations’ continued commitment to supporting the Government in its efforts to respond to the humanitarian needs of the more than five million people in the affected areas.