Asia Pacific

Sri Lanka: UN calls on Tamil rebels to ensure free passage for world body’s staff

The United Nations has issued its strongest possible protest to the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for refusing to allow the world body’s national staff and dependents who were travelling with a UN aid convoy to return from Sri Lanka’s northern Vanni area.

Nepal: UN worried over risk to victim, others after conviction in domestic abuse case

The United Nations human rights office has urged Nepalese authorities to ensure the safety of the wife and others involved in a domestic violence case, who have reportedly received threats after the victim’s husband was convicted of trying to kill her by setting her on fire.

Afghan schoolchildren to benefit from multi-million dollar boost – UNICEF

Tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Kabul are set to benefit from a $24 million donation from Japan, under an agreement signed today with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to construct around 1,000 classrooms.

UN-backed gathering calls for greater action on climate change in Asia-Pacific

A United Nations-backed conference wrapped up today in Bangkok with an urgent call to governments and the private sector in the Asia-Pacific region to prioritize climate change concerns.

Ban marks centenary of birth of former Secretary-General U Thant

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of U Thant, the third Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon today honoured the Myanmarese diplomat and paid tribute to the mark he made in the quest for peace.

Sri Lanka: continuing conflict sparks UN concern over fate of children

A senior United Nations official today expressed concern over the fate of thousands of children caught up in the conflict in Sri Lanka pitting Government forces against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Avian flu outbreak leads to culling of over 10,000 birds in Nepal – UN agency

Nepalese authorities have begun slaughtering thousands of poultry and disposing of their carcasses in response to an outbreak of bird flu in the south-eastern region of the country, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

UN voices ‘strong concern’ for Myanmar boat people held in Thailand

Fearing for the well-being of some 126 boat people in Thai custody, the United Nations refugee agency today requested access to the group of stateless Muslims who fled Myanmar to determine their need for international protection.

UNESCO chief speaks out against brutal murder of Nepalese journalist, activist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the murder earlier this month in Nepal of Uma Singh, a journalist and activist, characterizing the killing as “a blow to Nepalese society as a whole.”

UN condemns Taliban use of children as victims and perpetrators of suicide bombings

A senior United Nations official today strongly condemned the increasing number of attacks using and targeting children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including both as victims and perpetrators of suicide bombings, which have been claimed by the Taliban and other armed groups.