Asia Pacific

Maternal mortality in South Asia is second highest in the world, UNICEF says

While South Asia has made spectacular technological advances, high mortality rates rob children and women in the region of their full potential, a senior United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said today.

Annan commends participants for resumption of six-party talks on Korean Peninsula

Secretary-General Kofi Annan warmly welcomed the resumption of the six-party talks in Beijing on the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear weapons programme and said he would continue to work closely with the parties on this challenging set of issues.

Joint UN-Afghan election board condemns murder, abduction of poll workers

The joint United Nations-Afghan body handling elections in Afghanistan condemned today in the strongest terms violence against people seeking to stabilize the war-torn country following last week’s murder of one election worker and the kidnapping of two more.

UN-backed workshop aims to enable rural poor in Bangladesh overcome poverty

Aiming to outline a new strategy for United Nations-backed development projects in Bangladesh, more than one hundred national experts and representatives of UN agencies wrapped up a series of roundtables and workshops today in Dhaka the capital, focused on helping the rural population to fight poverty.

UN tsunami relief envoy Clinton renews call for effective warning system

After a powerful earthquake shook India's Andaman and Nicobar islands yesterday, former United States President Bill Clinton, the United Nations Special Envoy overseeing recovery efforts from last December's devastating tsunami in the region, renewed his call on governments in and around the Indian Ocean to step up their efforts to create an effective early warning system.

UN says Afghan refugees repatriated from Pakistan pass 2.5 million mark

The number of Afghans who have returned from Pakistan to their war-torn homeland has now passed the 2.5 million mark, the United Nations refugee agency announced today.

UN experts voice ‘profound concern’ at reported sanatorium eviction in Taiwan

Voicing “profound concern” over the reported imminent eviction of 300 residents from a Taiwanese leprosy sanatorium to make way for a rapid transit system, two United Nations human rights experts have called on the authorities to explore all possible alternatives and, if none are found, to provide adequate compensation.

UN agricultural development agency co-hosts discussion of Bangladeshi projects

Seeking to build on a decade's worth of projects in Bangladesh aimed at helping the rural poor overcome poverty themselves, more than 100 development ministers and poverty reduction experts will gather in Dhaka next week to discuss the impact of the projects backed by the United Nations agricultural development agency.

UNICEF praises China's AIDS policies, urges more be done for affected children

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today praised China for developing policies for combating HIV/AIDS but urged that even more be done to protect and care for the children affected by the epidemic.

6,000 from Myanmar living in ‘deplorable conditions’ in Bangladesh – UN

More than 6,000 members of Myanmar’s Rohingya ethnic minority are living “in extremely risky and deplorably squalid conditions” on tidal river flats in Bangladesh, whose Government has so far not replied to urgent international appeals to move them to safer ground, the United Nations refugee agency said today.