Asia Pacific

Head of UNESCO deplores killing of another Indian journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of Indian journalist, Vikas Ranjan, the third media professional to be murdered in the South Asian country in recent weeks.

Four Pakistani militants added to UN terrorism sanctions list

The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions, including a travel ban and assets freeze, on four leaders of a Pakistani militant group blamed by India for last month’s deadly terrorist attack in Mumbai.

Cambodia, UN agree on need to strengthen court trying Khmer Rouge leaders

United Nations and Cambodian officials have agreed on the need to strengthen the UN-backed tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes in the south-east Asian country by enhancing its human resources management, including anti-corruption measures.

UN transports another food shipment to displaced people in war-torn northern Sri Lanka

The United Nations has shipped another convoy of emergency food supplies to the Vanni region of northern Sri Lanka, as part of its ongoing humanitarian aid effort assisting thousands of people forced from their homes by violent conflict.

UN appeals for funds to meet health needs in cyclone-battered Myanmar

The United Nations has called for funding to help meet health needs in areas of Myanmar that are rebuilding after this May’s devastating Cyclone Nargis which claimed some 140,000 lives and left 800,000 others homeless.

UN bomb disposal experts to resume clearing explosives in Nepal

The Nepalese army has recommended a resumption of its minefield clearance operation, which it conducts with the assistance of the United Nations Mine Action Team, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today.

Financial, climate crises could threaten development gains in Asia-Pacific – UN

Challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region – the food, energy and financial crises, as well as climate change – could unravel development successes, a top United Nations official warned today.

DPR Korea: 40 per cent of population in danger of going hungry, say UN agencies

An estimated 40 per cent of the population of the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK) – almost 9 million people – will be in need of urgent food aid in the next few months due to a shortage in cereals, according to a new United Nations report.

Afghan remittances from Iran total $500 million annually, says UN report

Afghans working in Iran send home some $500 million annually, equivalent to 6 per cent of Afghanistan's gross domestic product (GDP), according to a new study commissioned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Nepal: UN official welcomes vow to release former child soldiers from army camps

Nepal's Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has agreed to release the remaining 3,000 former child soldiers from Maoist army cantonment camps, a senior United Nations official announced today.