Asia Pacific

UNICEF helps Uzbekistan’s capital to immunize youth against measles, rubella

In health facilities and bazaars, schools and mahallas (traditional neighbourhood committees) more than 620,000 young people in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, are being vaccinated against measles and rubella in a mass United Nations-backed immunization campaign running until 25 December.

UN details how Indian Ocean tsunami trust fund money has been allocated

Nearly all of the money deposited into a United Nations trust fund to help with the recovery after the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 has been distributed, according to a report released today by the UN humanitarian branch.

Sri Lanka: Young child among 7 killed while fleeing fighting; UN urges end to conflict

A young child was among seven Sri Lankan displaced persons who died today when their boat capsized while they were fleeing fighting between Government troops and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the east of the island, the United Nations said, repeating calls for both sides to protect civilians and end the conflict.

Annan renews alarm about pre-election unrest in Bangladesh

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for restraint and compromise among Bangladesh’s major political players amid concern at the continuing violence and tensions ahead of national parliamentary elections scheduled for next month.

Survivors of deadly Philippine typhoons need $46 million in aid – UN appeal

The United Nations today appealed for $46 million to meet urgent relief and early recovery needs over the next 12 months for the most vulnerable people in the Philippines among the millions affected by the four deadly typhoons that have hit the country since September, causing massive destruction through landslides and widespread flooding.

Asia-Pacific region set to enjoy strong growth, but perils ahead, warns UN forecast

A resurgent Japan will help the Asia-Pacific region offset any impact from a slowing United States economy, but there are increasing risks of a downside to the recent strong growth in developing countries, according to a new study by a United Nations regional body.

With rains approaching in Timor-Leste, top UN official urges displaced to go home

Warning that Timor-Leste’s rainy season will soon cause flooding and disease in the camps for people displaced by deadly violence earlier this year, the top United Nations official there reiterated his call for people to return home or go to emergency sites, while the head of UN Police confirmed security continues to improve.

Japanese soccer ace highlights UN school feeding programme in Cambodia

The recently retired Japanese soccer player Hidetoshi Nakata has joined forces with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to spotlight the agency’s free meal operations for schoolchildren in Cambodia, which is plagued by some of the lowest literacy rates in Asia.

Rising number of vehicles feeds deadly air pollution in Asian cities – UN-backed report

With 600,000 people in Asia dying prematurely from air pollution each year, the continent’s major cities face a key challenge in reducing the daunting figure, according to a new United Nations-backed report: although vehicle emissions are being reduced, the volume of vehicles is rising rapidly.

Philippines receives aid from UN after multiple deadly typhoon strikes

The United Nations country team in Manila has requested $2.6 million for rapid response projects from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) after several typhoons wreaked havoc on the Philippines in recent weeks.