Asia Pacific

UN commission for Asia-Pacific creating opportunities for disabled persons

A United Nations regional commission and several countries in Asia and the Pacific are forging ahead with the all-out fight for a barrier-free and inclusive society for persons with disabilities by providing vocational training, employment opportunities and strengthening self-help organizations in the region.

Malaysia: UN agency seeks moratorium on deportations of asylum-seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called for a moratorium on the deportation of Indonesian asylum seekers in Malaysia amid persistent reports that authorities there are planning to deport some 250 people who fled conflict in the province of Aceh.

Challenged by Annan on AIDS, Asian-Pacific region pledges urgent action

Summoned by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to answer the "terrifying challenge" of reversing the growing threat of AIDS, Asian-Pacific countries today committed themselves to urgently address profound social problems, especially poverty, unemployment, social exclusion and deadly infectious diseases.

Afghanistan could be clear of mines in 10 years - UN-backed report

Afghanistan, the most mine-affected country in the world, could be free from the threat of landmines in 10 years if clearance operations continue at current levels and donor support is sustained, according to a report published today by the Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan, which is overseen by the United Nations Mine Action Service.

Myanmar: UN 'deeply disturbed' by democracy leader's reported hunger strike

The United Nations human rights expert on Myanmar today voiced deep concern over reports that Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), is on hunger strike and called on the Myanmar government to release her immediately and unconditionally.

Don't ignore AIDS, UN envoy warns Asian government officials

A top United Nations envoy today called on ministers and senior government officials from 47 Asian nations not to ignore the threat of HIV/AIDS and its devastating impact on communities.