Asia Pacific

Nepal's new constitution must enshrine press freedom, stresses UN official

Enshrining guarantees of freedom of expression and access to information in Nepal's new constitution will be crucial tasks for the recently elected Constituent Assembly, the top United Nations human rights official in the country said today, on the eve of the worldwide observance of World Press Freedom Day.

Virus outbreak claims lives of 20 young children in China – UN health agency

Twenty infants and young children have died in eastern China in an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) caused by enterovirus infection and the number of cases may still not peak for another two months, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

Ahead of slated elections in Maldives, UN team to conduct fact-finding visit

An inter-agency United Nations fact-finding mission heads to the Maldives on Sunday for a six-day visit to determine whether the world body should provide assistance to forthcoming elections in the Indian Ocean island chain.

Security Council urges inclusive and credible Myanmar referendum, elections

The Security Council today stressed the need for the upcoming referendum and elections in Myanmar to include the full participation of all political actors and respect for fundamental political freedoms.

At UN gathering, Asia-Pacific nations agree to cooperate on renewable energy

Asia-Pacific countries reached an agreement at a United Nations meeting in Bangkok to boost their collaboration on developing renewable energy in a bid to decrease their reliance on fossil fuels and enhance their long-term energy security.

Meeting basic food needs ‘problematic’ for millions of Afghans, says UN official

Rising food prices in Afghanistan have left millions of people struggling and in need of assistance, a senior official from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, after assessing the food security situation in the country.