Asia Pacific

UN expert urges DPR Korea to urgently address abductions of Japanese

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to “show a sense of responsibility urgently” in tackling the issue of abductions of Japanese citizens.

Turkmenistan to reduce iron deficiency anaemia with UN support

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping the Government of Turkmenistan to fortify flour with iron and folic acid to reduce anaemia and improve the overall nutritional situation of women and children across the Central Asian country.

UN envoy’s return to Myanmar could spur further progress, says Security Council

Disappointed with the slow pace of change in Myanmar, the Security Council today said an early return to the country by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari could help promote progress towards democratization and national reconciliation.

UN agency seeks $22 million to feed cyclone-hit Bangladeshis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for $22 million to continue feeding more than 2 million Bangladeshis affected by Cyclone Sidr which tore through the South Asian nation late last year.

Bali to host UN meeting on stamping out corruption

Over 1,000 people from more than 100 nations – including Government officials, business leaders, law enforcement personnel, journalists, entertainers and civil society representatives – will convene in Bali, Indonesia, later this month for a United Nations conference on curbing corruption.

Ban Ki-moon urges dialogue to halt violence in Sri Lanka following latest attacks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attacks which occurred in Sri Lanka today, killing and injuring dozens – including children – and coinciding with the formal end of a truce between the Government and Tamil rebels.

Afghanistan: UN calls for redoubled peace efforts after hotel bombing

The United Nations today called for a redoubling of efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan after yesterday’s deadly hotel suicide bombing targeting foreigners and Afghan civilians working together to help the violence-wracked country.

As Sri Lanka ceasefire ends, top UN official urges respect for human rights

Following the Government’s decision to end the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement that halted a decades-long conflict with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the United Nations human rights chief has called on both parties to abide by their obligations under international law to protect civilians.

Over 1 million Afghans face food shortage due to rising prices – UN agency

More than 1 million people in rural Afghanistan are at risk of food shortages due to an increase in prices for staples such as wheat flour and vegetable oil, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Nepal: credible Constituent Assembly poll within reach, says top UN envoy

The top United Nations official in Nepal has said that a credible Constituent Assembly election, which was postponed twice last year and is vital to the country’s peace process, is within reach.