Asia Pacific

Pakistan earthquake survivors get UN loan to rebuild homes and buy livestock

Eight thousand families in northern Pakistan left destitute by last October’s devastating earthquake that killed around 80,000 will receive financial and technical support to rebuild their houses and buy livestock through a new project supported by a $26.4 million loan from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Kung Fu hero Jackie Chan kicks for Asia-Pacific tourism

Action film hero Jackie Chan, whose hands, feet and stunts have vanquished so many villains on the silver screen, has a new battle to win as the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) first “Asia-Pacific Tourism Ambassador.”

Senior UN envoy helps probe into Timor-Leste violence

Continuing his efforts to help restore calm to Timor-Leste, the top United Nations envoy there today conferred with UN-recruited prosecutors on the criminal investigation into the fatal shootings in April and May, which shook the small South-East Asian nation that the world body shepherded to independence from Indonesia four years ago.

UN refugee agency ‘extremely concerned’ over Uzbek refugees after Kyrgyz court ruling

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today it was “extremely concerned” about the fate of four Uzbek refugees in detention in Kyrgyzstan, who fled their country after last year’s killings in the city of Andijan, following a decision on Tuesday by the country’s Supreme Court which means that all four have now been denied refugee status.

Top UN official visits Central Asia to boost cooperation against terrorism, crime

The top United Nations political officer arrived in Tajikistan today at the start of a visit to review support for Central Asian countries in promoting regional cooperation in the battle against religious extremism, organized crime, terrorism and drug trafficking.

Timor-Leste: Annan appeals to Security Council for renewed UN action

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed for sustained international engagement in Timor-Leste as his special envoy formally introduced to the Security Council his recommendations for new UN action in the fledgling nation, including reformation of the police force and an investigation into deadly incidents that sparked the recent violence.

UNICEF stresses need to put children first at Central Asian education forum

Children should be at the top of the development agenda and sound social policies should encourage investment in their education, health and provision of other services, officials from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stressed today at the opening of a Central Asian education forum in Turkmenistan.

UN calls for nearly $19 million in aid for 130,000 displaced in Timor-Leste

The United Nations today launched an appeal for some $18.9 million in humanitarian assistance to Timor-Leste, the tiny nation shepherded to independence by the world organization where an estimated 133,000 people have been displaced by recent violence centred in the capital, Dili.

UN aids flood relief efforts in northern Thailand

Following severe flash floods and landslides in Thailand that have affected more than 340,000 people, completely destroyed 700 houses and damaged more than 1,000 roads and bridges, the United Nations Office has released emergency cash grants of over $100,000 for the purchase of relief supplies and materials for temporary shelter.

UN refugee agency calls on Kyrgyz Government not to forcibly return Uzbek refugees

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) today repeated calls to the Kyrgyz Government not to forcibly return four refugees to Uzbekistan who fled their country after last year’s killings in the city of Andijan, saying such extraditions would violate the 1951 UN Refugee Convention.