Asia Pacific

Drought in Afghanistan prompts UN appeal for $76 million

Warning that more than 2.5 million people are facing food shortages if they do not receive assistance, the United Nations and the Afghan Government today launched a joint appeal for $76 million to deal with the country’s emerging drought.

UN assists effort to relocate almost 4,000 survivors from last year’s Pakistan earthquake

Almost 4,000 survivors from last year’s earthquake in northern Pakistan have been moved to relief camps from villages at risk of landslides as heavy monsoon rains lash the quake-affected areas, the United Nations relief agency said today, highlighting an intense, month-long UN-assisted relocation effort.

Latest tsunami shows need for complete warning system: UN regional group

Following last week’s tsunami that killed hundreds of people on the south-central coast of the Indonesian island of Java, the head of a United Nations regional development commission called today for more comprehensive coverage from the warning systems now being developed in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and the devastating waves it created.

UN aid official in Timor-Leste helps launch employment programme for the homeless

The top United Nations aid official in Timor-Leste helped formally launch an employment programme today for some of the estimated 155,000 people, 15 per cent of the population, who were forced to flee their homes after violence erupted in the tiny nation in April.

China emerges as world’s third largest food aid donor, UN agency says

In the same year it stopped receiving food aid from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), China emerged as the world’s third largest food aid donor in 2005, according to the latest annual Food Aid Monitor from INTERFAIS, the International Food Aid Information System, the agency said today.

UN refugee agency, Pakistan team up to start radio show for quake survivors

Compensation, relocation and livelihood opportunities for survivors of the massive quake that rocked Pakistan last October will be discussed on a radio programme launched by the United Nations refugee agency and Pakistan’s Government to update people displaced by the disaster on issues and policies affecting their return and recovery.

As UN aid is distributed in Indonesia, tsunami official focuses on warning system

Expressing his condolences to Indonesia after this week’s deadly earthquake and resulting tsunami, a United Nations official stressed the importance today of disaster early warning systems, as emergency UN food assistance and other supplies were distributed to the tens of thousands displaced by Monday’s disaster that killed at least 500 people on the island of Java.

High-level UN team to leave for Nepal to discuss assistance for the peace process

A high-level United Nations team will travel to Nepal next week to discuss proposed UN assistance for the peace process, after Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that recent developments have provided an “unprecedented opportunity” to achieve a negotiated solution to the 10 years of conflict in the Himalayan kingdom.

Annan ‘saddened’ by toll of latest tsunami; UN agency assesses warning system

Expressing condolences for the hundreds killed by the latest tsunami to hit Indonesia, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today offered humanitarian and reconstruction assistance, as the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Agency (UNESCO) assessed the strengths and gaps in the Indian Ocean warning system revealed by the event.

Timor-Leste needs ‘long term commitment’ from international community: UN envoy

Following the recent deadly violence in Timor-Leste, in which 155,000 people were forced to flee their homes, it is important for the international community to realize that the tiny nation needs a sustained, long-term commitment, a United Nations envoy said today after briefing the Security Council on his recent assessment mission to the country.