Asia Pacific

Ban voices 'growing frustration' at lack of progress in Myanmar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his growing frustration today that the United Nations' long-standing efforts to promote national reconciliation and democratization in Myanmar have yet to achieve the desired results and he urged the Government to release all political prisoners immediately and initiate “genuine dialogue” with the opposition.

Pakistani girls get first shot at education in UN-supported camps

Children uprooted by the violence in the war-torn north-western region of Pakistan have unexpectedly benefited from their plight by having the opportunity to attend school for the first time in United Nations-supported camps, reported a senior UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official.

Sri Lanka: UN official voices concern after another aid worker is slain

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sri Lanka today called on authorities to mount a thorough investigation into last week’s murder of an aid worker in the east of the violence-wracked country – the third staff member from the same relief group to have either disappeared or been killed in the Asian island nation.

UN agency aims to improve nutrition for 1 million hungry Asian children and families

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a $15 million project to improve the nutrition of a million undernourished children and mothers in seven Asian countries.

Nearly 1.5 million Nepalese hit by floods and rising food prices receive UN aid

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated about $3 million to aid nearly 1.5 million people in rural Nepal suffering from rapidly increasing food and fuel prices, the destruction of food stocks and crops by recent floods, and the effects of long-term conflict.

Asian nations focus on disaster risk reduction as UN-backed meeting opens in Malaysia

Ministers from more than 40 Asian countries have gathered at a United Nations-backed meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to discuss ways to reduce the social and financial impact of natural disasters in their region.

Food security in Pacific islands at risk from climate change-related disasters – UN

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that climate change-related disasters such as cyclones, flash floods and droughts are likely to have a serious impact on food production in Pacific island nations, and called for urgent measures to adapt to expected losses.

UN expert urges Nepal to act on commitments to indigenous rights

An independent United Nations human rights expert wrapped up a nine-day visit to Nepal today by pressing its Government to ensure that the country’s indigenous people, who have experienced “a long history of oppression and marginalisation,” receive fair representation and resources.

Sri Lanka: UN agencies continue relief efforts in flood-hit north

United Nations relief officials are continuing to assist authorities in the conflict-wracked north of Sri Lanka respond to flooding that has displaced more than 70,000 people and affected 300,000 others.

In wake of Mumbai attacks, Ban reaffirms role of UN in countering terrorism

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed his determination for the United Nations to play a lead role in dealing with the menace of terrorism as he stressed the need to bring the perpetrators of last week’s coordinated deadly attacks in Mumbai to justice.