Asia Pacific

UN-backed meeting on climate change's impact on agriculture wraps up

With climate change threatening agriculture in Asia, 10 nations met in a three-day United Nations-sponsored meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to discuss sustainable farming practices to feed growing populations.

Ban Ki-moon welcomes election of new President of Republic of Korea

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Lee Myung-bak on becoming elected as the next President of the Republic of Korea.

Better irrigation methods could reduce arsenic threat in rice, says UN agency

Improved irrigation practices in Asia could reduce the high levels of arsenic found in rice, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, warning of the increased food safety risk posed by the toxic substance.

Indonesian man succumbs to bird flu infection, reports UN health agency

A 47-year-old man from Indonesia’s Banten province on the western tip of the island of Java has become the latest human fatality from avian influenza, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

Secretary-General convenes meeting of ‘Group of Friends’ on Myanmar

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened the first meeting of a group of 14 nations to assist him in his efforts to spur change in the troubled South-East Asian nation.

UN contingency plan activated to help tackle Republic of Korea oil spill

China and Japan have sent material and experts under a United Nations emergency response plan to help the Republic of Korea (ROK) mitigate the worst oil spill in its history, which has already hit key fishing grounds and is expected to damage the livelihoods of up to 27,000 aquaculture workers.

India’s Bollywood stars join UN-backed anti-human trafficking efforts

Some of Bollywood’s biggest stars are joining the efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to curb human trafficking in India.

Myanmar should take ‘bold steps’ to address national crisis – UN envoy

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Myanmar has urged authorities in the South-East Asian country to take bold action to press ahead with an all-inclusive national reconciliation process.

Ongoing insecurity hampering humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan – UN

Having to operate under tighter security restrictions has curtailed the efforts of United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in delivering vital humanitarian aid to thousands of Afghans in preparation for winter, the world body’s mission in the country said today.

Fresh outbreak of bird flu claims two lives in Pakistan, says UN agency

At least two Pakistanis have died in a fresh outbreak of avian influenza close to the country’s “poultry belt,” the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.