Asia Pacific

UN agency begins distributing winter aid in Afghanistan as temperatures begin to drop

The United Nations refugee agency has begun distributing winter aid to some 40,000 families which are at risk in the cold weather in remote areas of Afghanistan, as well as the capital, Kabul.

UN relief official calls for boost in humanitarian support for Afghanistan

A senior United Nations official today called on the international community to step up its humanitarian support for Afghanistan to sustain the progress made so far in the country where thousands have suffered through 34 years of conflict and poverty.

UN fund gives $5.3 million to assist displaced persons in Myanmar

Some 36,000 people who have been displaced by inter-communal violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state will benefit from an additional $5.3 million in assistance provided by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the world body announced today.

Following Japan visit, UN expert stresses need for monitoring effects of nuclear radiation on people

At the end of a visit to Japan related to health issues stemming from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, a United Nations independent expert today stressed the importance of monitoring the effects of atomic radiation on people’s health.

UN starts flying in emergency aid for displaced in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

The United Nations refugee agency today announced it has started an aid airlift for those displaced by the recent inter-communal violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

UN rights chief dismayed at sudden resumption of executions in Afghanistan

The United Nations human rights chief today expressed serious concern about the sudden execution of 14 prisoners in Afghanistan over the past few days after more than a year without carrying out the death penalty.

UN and Myanmar seek additional $41 million to help those affected by violence in Rakhine state

The United Nations and Myanmar are seeking an additional $41 million as part of a revised response plan to provide urgent humanitarian relief for some 115,000 people who have been displaced by inter-communal violence in the state of Rakhine and are lacking basic services.

Independent UN expert calls on Myanmar to carry out latest human rights pledges

Welcoming the latest human rights commitments from the Government of Myanmar, an independent United Nations expert today called on authorities there to work with all stakeholders to ensure that they are promptly carried out.

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to combat AIDS-related stigma in new UN role

Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has accepted a new role with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to advance efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination against those affected by the epidemic.

Opium cultivation rises in Afghanistan despite major eradication push – UN report

Despite significant eradication efforts, high opium prices led to an increase in poppy cultivation in Afghanistan this year, a joint report released today by the Government and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has found.