Asia Pacific

Increased violence could derail peace process in Nepal, UN cautions

The United Nations human rights office in Nepal today expressed its concern that increased violence by political parties and affiliated groups, as well as subsequent retaliation threats, could jeopardize the peace process in the South Asian nation.

UN-backed trans-Asian rail agreement goes into effect

A railroad agreement aimed at linking 28 countries in Asia and Europe went into effect today, the United Nations announced in Bangkok.

Talks on contested northern Iraqi boundaries begins in Baghdad – UN

Talks on disputed internal Iraqi boundaries – in the oil-rich, ethnically mixed north – have been launched, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) announced today.

Crucial for Sri Lankan Government to honour its promises, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated how important it is for the Sri Lankan Government to follow up on the commitments it made last month after ending its military operation against Tamil rebels, and said he is writing to the country’s President on the matter.

Pakistan aid effort needs urgent funding, Secretary-General says

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to the international community, especially major donors, to respond quickly and generously to the urgent humanitarian and reconstruction needs in Pakistan, where the United Nations is trying to assist more than 2.5 million uprooted by fighting.

Pakistan: Ban ‘dismayed’ by terrorist attack killing two UN staff members

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed “dismay” today at the rising death toll from yesterday’s suicide bombing of a hotel in north-west Pakistan, which killed two United Nations staff members, and repeated his strong condemnation of the terrorist attack.

Myanmar: education sector urgently needs funding boost, says UN

Greater support for the educational sector in Myanmar is an urgent priority, a senior United Nations relief official said at a donors meeting, calling for more resources in the country’s schools, many of which were destroyed by last year’s devastating Cyclone Nargis.

Many women dying of unsafe abortions in Timor-Leste – new UN-backed report

A new United Nations-supported report on maternal mortality, pregnancy and abortion in Timor-Leste shows that women may die because of unsafe abortions in the small nation.

UN assessing situation of Myanmar refugees in Thailand

The United Nations refugee agency today said that it is looking into the situation of a group of several thousand Karen people who recently fled across the Moei River from Myanmar to Thailand.

UN chief condemns terrorist attack in northern Pakistan

Secretary-General Ki-moon strongly condemned today's deadly terrorist attack on a hotel in northern Pakistan, with a staff member of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) among those killed.