Asia Pacific

US basketball association and UNICEF aim for slam dunk against AIDS in China

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and its Basketball Without Borders programme in Asia has teamed up with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to distribute HIV/AIDS education materials and sports kits to schools in seven provinces throughout China.

UNESCO chief praises integrity and courage of murdered Pakistani journalist

Raising his voice once again in defence of freedom of the press, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of a Pakistani journalist as “heinous crime” against a basic human right.

Catching World Cup soccer fever, UN gives footballs to Afghanistan’s aspiring stars

While the world’s top soccer players duel it out on the manicured playing fields of Germany in football’s World Cup, aspiring stars in Afghanistan are honing their skill on the dirt pitches of the violence-wracked country thanks to hundreds of footballs donated by staff of the United Nations mission there.

UN helps Sri Lanka fight child sex tourism

Proclaiming a message of “zero tolerance” for child sex tourism in Sri Lanka, the United Nations is supporting a two-year action plan launched by the country’s tourist board to stop such exploitation, targeting visitors, children and adolescents, hoteliers, journalists, families and community leaders.

UN commission signs unprecedented water accord with Republic of Korea

The United Nations regional commission for development in Asia today announced it had reached an historical agreement with the national water utility of the Republic of Korea to promote regional cooperation in water resources and risk management in natural disasters.

Chinese singer Miriam Yeung Chin Wah renews role as UNAIDS Representative

Miriam Yeung Chin Wah, the famous Chinese pop singer from Hong Kong, has agreed to take on a new two-year term as Special Representative for UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, a role she has held since 2000.

Annan concerned at reports of possible missile firing by DPR of Korea

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed concern over reports that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) might test-fire a long-range missile.

Security Council extends UN Office in Timor-Leste, will consider expanded role

Expressing “deep concern over the volatile security situation in Timor-Leste and its serious humanitarian repercussions,” the United Nations Security Council today extended for two months the world body’s small office there and asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to report before that mandate expires on an expanded future role.

With UN rights council’s inauguration, experts cite Myanmar’s detained rights leader

As the new, strengthened Human Rights Council held its inaugural session, two United Nations experts stressed that today also marks the birthday of one of the world’s most acclaimed rights defenders, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and democracy leader who continues under house arrest in Myanmar.

Afghanistan: UN calls on national, international forces to avert civilian casualties

With operations going on in southern Afghanistan, the United Nations mission in the country called on both national and international security forces to exercise caution to prevent civilian casualties.