Asia Pacific

Nepal: UN presses Government to follow Court judgment on disappearances

The United Nations human rights office in Nepal today encouraged the fledgling Government to take action on a watershed Supreme Court decision, made two years ago, calling for an investigation into those behind scores of disappearances during the South Asian nation's decade-long civil war.

UN to provide technology for development training for Afghan policymakers

In its ongoing effort to close the digital divide in Afghanistan, the United Nations will be holding an information and communications technology (ICT) “training the trainers” programme in Kabul to educate the country’s decision-makers on using the latest innovations to promote development.

Pakistan: UN agencies join forces to provide shelter to conflict displaced

Two United Nations agencies have joined forces to provide shelter and supplies to hundreds of thousands of people displaced by fighting in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.

UN, partners step up efforts to help uprooted in Sri Lanka

The United Nations, along with dozens of partner agencies, are working to improve basic conditions in camps housing people who fled the recently-ended conflict in northern Sri Lanka, it was announced today.

UN-backed fund lauds Australia’s offer to convert debt into health initiatives

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today welcomed Australia’s decision to join an innovative debt conversion scheme which enables poor countries to free up more resources to fight the three deadly diseases.

Myanmar cyclone victims to benefit from UN-Italian plan to boost livelihoods

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Italian Government have agreed on a $5.2 million programme to improve long-term food security for 32,000 poor fishing and farming families in Myanmar whose livelihoods were disrupted by last year’s Cyclone Nargis.

New UN campaign aims to provide Timorese inmates with HIV/AIDS services

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today launched an AIDS awareness and help campaign for inmates in Becora prison in Dili, Timor-Leste.

New Japanese TV drama follows life, loves of UN refugee agency worker

A new Japanese television drama hopes to reel in millions of viewers every week to follow the life and loves of a United Nations worker while also raising awareness of the world body’s work in assisting refugees around the world.

UN calls for funds to address ‘unprecedented’ Pakistani displacement

Calling the scale of the displacement of civilians fleeing clashes between the Government and militants in north-west Pakistan “unprecedented,” the top United Nations humanitarian official today called on donors to fund an appeal for over $500 million to help the over 2 million uprooted.

UN providing technical support following South Asian cyclone

United Nations agencies are providing technical support to assess the damage in southern Bangladesh following Cyclone Aila, which killed at least 100 people in the South Asian nation and also hit parts of neighbouring India earlier this week.