Asia Pacific

Ban pays tribute to former UN chief and Myanmar diplomat U Thant

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of U Thant, paid tribute to the memory of the former United Nations chief and voiced hope for a better future for the land of his birth, Myanmar.

UN scaling up efforts to facilitate return home of displaced Sri Lankans

The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are working to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of people who were uprooted by clashes between Sri Lankan Government forces and Tamil rebels are able to return to their homes.

UN agency opens new camps for Pakistanis fleeing fighting

The United Nations refugee agency said today it has opened two new camps in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) to house thousands of people who took advantage of the lifting of a curfew over the weekend to flee fighting in the Swat Valley.

Continued flooding leaves thousands of Tajiks in need of urgent aid, UN reports

Aid agencies in Tajikistan are appealing for $1.3 million to help some 12,000 people in urgent need of assistance after floods inundated more than half the Central Asian nation’s districts, the United Nations reported today.

Security Council text on DPR Korea nuclear tests expected this week – President

The President of the United Nations Security Council said today that the 15-member body could have a draft resolution on the recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in a few days.

UN begins training 35,000 Afghan police officers ahead of elections

The first batch of Afghan police wrapped up a training programme today that will eventually reach tens of thousands of officers in preparation for this year’s presidential and provincial council elections, announced the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Civilian casualties in Sri Lanka conflict ‘unacceptably high’ – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his strong concerns over “unacceptably high” civilian casualties in the conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil rebels, while rejecting in the strongest terms any figure attributed to the United Nations.

Lack of funds threatens aid to Pakistan’s 2.5 million displaced, warns UN

The United Nations said today that the number of people displaced by the conflict in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province has risen above 2.5 million, and a shortage of funds could cut relief services there.