Asia Pacific

UN appeals for $187 million to aid Myanmar cyclone victims

The United Nations today appealed for $187 million to help provide humanitarian relief to some 1.5 million people severely affected by the recent cyclone in Myanmar for the next six months.

Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan agree an anti-drugs plan brokered by UN

Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have agreed to step up cross-border controls to stop the flow of illegal drugs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced today in Vienna.

Frustration growing at limited access to Myanmar cyclone victims – UN

The United Nations humanitarian chief today voiced disappointment at the limited progress made in gaining access to Myanmar, where some 1.5 million people are believed to be severely affected by the recent cyclone and the situation is becoming “increasingly desperate.”

UN calls on Myanmar to facilitate aid delivery to cyclone victims

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations humanitarian official today urged Myanmar authorities to facilitate the delivery of aid in the wake of the deadly cyclone that wreaked death and destruction in the country several days ago.

UN wraps up electoral assistance after Nepal polls

The United Nations Electoral Assistance Office in Nepal is wrapping up after providing technical aid and advice to the country’s Election Commission for last month’s Constituent Assembly polls.

Austria to donate €100,000 to UN’s anti-small arms centre in Asia-Pacific

Austria will contribute €100,000 to a United Nations project to curb the illicit flows of small arms and light weapons in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the world body’s Office for Disarmament Affairs.

Hundreds of thousands may need assistance in cyclone-hit Myanmar – UN

The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance following the deadly cyclone which struck Myanmar a few days ago could number in the hundreds of thousands, according to the United Nations which is mobilizing aid in the wake of the disaster.

Nepal: UN agency condemns attack on refugees

The United Nations refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today condemned last night’s attack on a bus transporting Bhutanese refugees near the Khudunabari camp in eastern Nepal.

Ban Ki-moon hails New Zealand’s leadership on disability issues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Government and people of New Zealand, the recipient of this year’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award, for their efforts to improve the lives of those living with disabilities.

UN stands ready to assist after deadly cyclone batters Myanmar

The United Nations has offered its assistance to Myanmar authorities in responding to the deadly cyclone which struck the South-East Asian nation on Friday, leaving death and widespread devastation in its wake.