Asia Pacific

After successful relief stage in Pakistani quake, UN warns against fall in aid

While the much talked about ‘donor fatigue’ did not occur during the relief phase for last year’s devastating Pakistani earthquake, any slackening of aid during the reconstruction stage could lead to hardship for many survivors next winter, a senior United Nations relief official has warned.

Exhibition at UN Headquarters highlights Kazakhstan nuke tests, economy

With 1.3 million people in the Semipalatinsk region of Kazakhstan still suffering from the effects of almost 40 years of nuclear tests and the local economy still reeling from the collapse of the Soviet Union, an exhibition has opened at United Nations headquarters to highlight the area’s plight.

Pakistan: more quake survivors leave winter relief camps, UN reports

More than 64,000 survivors of last October's devastating earthquake in Pakistan have already left relief camps for home with the end of the harsh winter, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.

Banned demonstrations in Nepal draw light attendance, prompt more arrests: UN

Amid concern over a looming confrontation developing in Nepal, where the Government banned protests on the eve of demonstrations by opposition parties, the United Nations’ human rights unit reported today that fewer than expected protesters showed up but arrests occurred as soon as the demonstrations began.

Jobs, global economy, cooperation top agenda of UN Asia-Pacific meeting

A major United Nations regional conference for Asia and the Pacific opened today with a wide-ranging agenda that seeks to energize the global economy, tackle the growing threat of unemployment and underemployment, and enhance cooperation in infrastructure development.

UN food agency supports peace effort in Philippines’ island of Mindanao

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is seeking donor funding for a $27-million programme to feed more than 2 million deprived people on the Philippines’ island of Mindanao in support of the Government’s effort to end the long-standing conflict there with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

New corporate investment scheme helps fund UN quake relief efforts in Pakistan

As part of a strategic move to broaden its donor network and engage in innovative fund raising by entering the capital market, the United Nations refugee agency has teamed up with two Swiss with investment companies in a scheme that will benefit its earthquake relief operation in Pakistan.

Secretary-General voices concern over confrontation brewing in Nepal

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced concerned today over a confrontation developing in Nepal, where the Government has imposed a ban on protests in Kathmandu on the eve of a planned demonstration by the opposition “Seven-Party Alliance,” and has reportedly arrested many government opponents.

UN officer aims to scale Everest to help Nepalese children climb out of hunger

A United Nations security officer in Nepal is setting out today on a different sort of field mission - to scale the heights of the world’s loftiest mountain in order to raise awareness of the depths of child hunger in one of the poorest regions on Earth.

Breaches of humanitarian law mount in Nepalese conflict - UN rights report

Violations of international humanitarian law in Nepal have “deepened a great deal” over the past two months, with Maoist rebels increasingly targeting cities and Government forces dropping mortar bombs from helicopters in civilian areas, a United Nations human rights spokesman said today.