Asia Pacific

UN to provide support for independent commission on AIDS in Asia and Pacific

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has announced that it will provide logistical support to a new body that will study the spread and impact of the virus and the disease in Asia and the Pacific with a view to mobilizing an adequate response for the region, where over 8 million people live with HIV.

Climate change threatens Pacific Ocean mangroves – UN-backed report

Action is needed to conserve mangroves in the Pacific amid concern that rising sea levels, linked with climate change, are set to drown large areas of these precious and economically important ecosystems, the United Nations Environment Programme said today citing new research.

UN food agency provides aid after earthquake and tsunami kill hundreds in Indonesia

Following yesterday’s deadly earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Indonesia’s island of Java, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is today sending two truckloads of food assistance to the survivors, as estimates of the number dead, injured and missing in the disaster climbed toward 600, with 30,000 others displaced.

UN expert calls on Thailand to repeal emergency rules that violate human rights

Whether or not emergency regulations in southern Thailand due to lapse tomorrow are renewed, a United Nations human rights expert today called on the Thai Government to repeal provisions that protect soldiers and police from prosecution for killings so long as they are acting “reasonably and in good faith.”

Timor-Leste: UN appeal for those displaced by violence is almost funded; some concerns

The top United Nations aid official in Timor-Leste said today that the $19.6 million flash appeal for the 155,000 people forced to flee their homes after recent violence is almost fully funded but he warned that provision should be made for the difficult period between harvests and the dry season.

UN teams travel to areas hit by earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia as death toll mounts

United Nations aid teams joined Indonesian Government and non-governmental efforts in assisting survivors on the island of Java today after an earthquake killed at least 37 people, with 60 more missing after a tsunami triggered by the quake hit the coast.

Security Council demands that DPR Korea suspend ballistic missile activities

Condemning the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) multiple ballistic missile launches 11 days ago, the United Nations Security Council today demanded that the country suspend all related activities and required States to prevent the import or export of funds or goods that could fuel Pyongyang's missile or weapons of mass destruction programmes.

UN food agency launches campaign to bolster peace in Philippine island of Mindanao

More than 2 million deprived people on the war-ravaged southern Philippines’ island of Mindanao are benefiting from a $27-million aid operation launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this week in support of Government effort to end the long-standing conflict with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

More Afghan professionals returning home, UN refugee agency reports

While the number of Afghans returning home from Pakistan this year has declined, with 100,000 crossing the border so far, their composition shows an increase in those with professional skills such as engineering, medicine and education, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UNICEF announces $150 million school and health centre plan for Pakistan quake areas

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today launched a $150 million healthcare and education recovery plan for areas affected by last year’s earthquake in Pakistan, which killed over 73,000 people, left millions homeless and destroyed or damaged almost 10,000 schools and three quarters of all health facilities.