Asia Pacific

Cyclone-hit parts of Bangladesh need more food aid, UN agency says

Higher food prices in cyclone-hit parts of Bangladesh are threatening food security among the very poor, including children suffering from high rates of malnutrition, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, appealing for funds to continue its operations there.

Myanmar: UN envoy heads to Brussels for further consultations

The United Nations special envoy on Myanmar arrived today in Brussels for talks with senior European Union officials as part of efforts to help promote democratization and national reconciliation in the troubled South-East Asian country.

UN rights expert hails Republic of Korea’s protection for DPR Korea nationals

An independent United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the participation of the Republic of Korea in efforts to help people from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) living in its territory while urging more measures to help the most vulnerable.

Climate change heads talks between Assembly President and Australian official

Climate change, globally agreed anti-poverty targets and financing for development topped the agenda during talks today between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and Australia’s Foreign Minister.

Afghanistan: UN urges review of death sentence against journalist

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today urged the country's authorities to review the death sentence imposed against Sayed Parwez Kambaksh, a journalist who this week was sentenced to capital punishment for blasphemy.

UN, Afghanistan appeal for over $80 million to combat rising wheat prices

The United Nations and the Government of Afghanistan joined forces today to launch an appeal for more than $80 million to help over 2.5 million people in the country facing food shortages due to the soaring price of wheat.

Further UN support crucial as Timor-Leste tackles ‘manifold’ challenges – Ban

Despite an improvement in the overall security situation throughout Timor-Leste, the country the United Nations helped shepherd to freedom in 2002 continues to face enormous challenges that will require long-term support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report issued today.

Top UN envoy to Nepal optimistic that delayed elections will be successful

The top United Nations envoy to Nepal says he is optimistic that twice-delayed Constituent Assembly polls will be staged successfully on 10 April, given the desire of ordinary Nepalese for peace and democracy and the political leaders’ demonstrated capacity for dialogue.

Philippines: UNESCO chief deplores murder of journalist

Condemning the murder of Filipino radio journalist Fernando Lintuan, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today underscored that freedom of expression is crucial for democracy.

Viet Nam receives $35 million UN loan for rural development

Praising Viet Nam’s efforts to reduce rural poverty, the head of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today signed a $35 million loan agreement to expand market access and develop businesses for tens of thousands of small farmers in the Mekong Delta.