Asia Pacific

Fighting HIV/AIDS in Asia-Pacific region must focus on children – UNICEF

With HIV and AIDS spreading at a faster rate in East Asia than almost anywhere else in the world, children must be at the centre of a dramatically scaled up response, a United Nations official told the opening session of the first high level regional meeting focusing on children and AIDS today.

Director of UN agency urges freedom for prize-winning Myanmar journalist

The chief of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has renewed his call to the Government of Myanmar for the liberation of a prize-winning journalist who has been imprisoned since 1989.

Indian daily awarded UN prize for water conservation campaign

In recognition of an imaginative campaign for water conservation, an Indian daily newspaper today received the $20,000 biennial prize for rural communications awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Former President Clinton, UN tsunami envoy, to promote early warning systems

In an effort to boost the development of preventative systems for natural disasters, Former United States President Bill Clinton, in his role as United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, will address the International Early Warning Congress in Bonn, Germany next week.

UNICEF official warns of continuing threats to Afghan women and children

With Afghanistan’s new school year officially beginning tomorrow, a senior United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official has warned of a continued threat facing Afghan women and children from high rates of child and maternal mortality, low levels of school enrolment and neglect of children’s fundamental rights.

Senior UNICEF official visits Afghanistan to help meet needs of women, children

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah has begun a week-long visit to Afghanistan in a bid to draw global attention to the progress being made for the country’s women and children while highlighting unmet needs in areas of health, education and protection.

Uzbekistan gives UN refugee agency 1 month to end its operations

The Government of Uzbekistan has given the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), which last year helped to relocate more than 400 Uzbeks fleeing violence in their homeland, one month to close down its more than decade-long presence in the Central Asian country, the organization announced today.

Bird flu confirmed by UN in Afghan birds

The bird flu strain that experts fear could trigger a potentially lethal human pandemic was confirmed in birds in yet another country today, Afghanistan, and the United Nations mission there and the Government have taken immediate steps to prevent further infection, including culling and market closures.

UN, OPEC launch joint $4 million HIV/AIDS prevention project in Central Asia

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development today launched a $4 million project to improve HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment among drug users and prisoners in five Central Asian countries and Azerbaijan.

Bangladesh starts mass anti-polio drive after first case in five years – UNICEF

Bangladesh will immunize 18 million children under the age of five years three times in the next three months due to the re-emergence of the poliovirus after an absence of the disease for more than five years, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.