Asia Pacific

UN agency urges release of Laotians held in Thailand for more than a year

The United Nations refugee agency has called for the release of 149 Lao Hmong, including many children, who have been held in sub-standard conditions in a Thai detention centre since they were rounded up for deportation more than a year ago.

Ban Ki-moon lauds Japan for resuming support to international operations in Afghanistan

Recognizing the obstacles that Afghanistan and the international community faced last year, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his appreciation to the Government of Japan for resuming its activities to support efforts to rebuild and bolster security in the strife-torn nation.

UN seeks over $100 million to aid Nepal’s post-conflict recovery, development

The United Nations has appealed for over $104 million to support humanitarian and development efforts in Nepal, which is seeking to recover from a decade-long civil conflict that formally ended in 2006.

Ban Ki-moon advocates continued UN assistance to Nepal’s peace process

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) for another six months so that it can continue to support the country’s peace process, particularly the holding of a Constituent Assembly election by 12 April.

More funds needed for UN to feed displaced Azerbaijanis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed to donors for more contributions to cover the last few months of a $15.9 million operation to feed tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Azerbaijan.

More vulnerable people in Myanmar to benefit from UN food aid in 2008

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will expand its assistance in Myanmar in 2008 after helping 500,000 people in vulnerable communities last year to overcome chronic food shortages.

Asian economies will be able to weather 2008 uncertainties, UN predicts

The Asia-Pacific region is likely to continue to see strong economic growth this year, despite uncertainties posed by a slowing United States economy, according to a new United Nations report.

More aid pledged for freezing earthquake victims in Kyrgyzstan, UN reports

The international community is stepping up its efforts to rush winterized tents to Kyrgyzstan for nearly 5,500 people displaced in New Year’s Day earthquakes and now living in summer tents under temperatures ranging from -15 to -20 degrees Celsius, the United Nations reported today.

Small businesses in Armenia to receive boost from UN rural development fund

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today that it will spend over $12 million for a new project in Armenia to help develop microenterprises with potential for rapid growth.

Kyrgyzstan: UN helps 3,000 quake victims living in sub-zero temperatures

United Nations agencies are providing emergency supplies, including heating, for some 3,000 people who were displaced in a New Year’s Day earthquake in southern Kyrgyzstan and are now living in summer tents under outside temperatures ranging from -15 to -20 degrees Celsius.