Asia Pacific

Pakistan: fears mount over health of UN staffer abducted nearly two months ago

The United Nations said today it is increasingly worried about the health of staffer John Solecki, who was abducted in Pakistan nearly two months ago, noting that there has been no information from those holding him for at least two weeks now.

Afghanistan: flawed elections could roll back progress, warns Ban

Too much is at stake for Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential elections to be flawed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling on the international community to support efforts to consolidate stability in the war-torn nation.

First ‘Killing Fields’ suspect stands trial in joint UN-Cambodian court

Hearings at a United Nation-backed genocide tribunal have begun in the first trial of a suspect accused of crimes committed during the killing spree ordered by the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia in the late 1970s.

Ban expresses distress at deadly attack in eastern Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his distress regarding yesterday’s deadly attack on a police academy in eastern Pakistan, voicing hope that authorities will investigate the incident and determine who was behind it.

2 million children wasting in Bangladesh, UN warns

Two million children are suffering from acute malnutrition in Bangladesh, where one-quarter of all households are hungry, according to a United Nations-backed study released today.

UN aid for Afghan refugees repatriating from Pakistan set to resume

Afghan refugees seeking to return to their home country from north-west Pakistan will receive a boost when the United Nations resumes its voluntary repatriation programme this week.

Myanmar: international help still urgently needed for post-cyclone rebuilding – UN

People in Myanmar affected by last year’s devastating Cyclone Nargis need considerable help in restoring their lives, the United Nations-backed group assisting the reconstruction of the South-East Asian nation said today, appealing to the international community for continued support

Asia-Pacific nations to boost efforts to curb disaster risk – UN

Nations in Asia and the Pacific – the world’s most disaster-prone region – will bolster their cooperation to share information on disaster risk reduction, a new United Nations-backed commission has agreed.

Timor Leste: UN-trained national police to take up their beats

The first areas of Timor-Leste to be policed by national squadrons since the violent clashes that shook the fledgling nation in 2006 have been chosen, the Government and the United Nations mission in the country (UNMIT) announced today.

Terrorism, drugs and crime thwarting Afghan development, warns Ban

Terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and organized crime are seriously impeding progress in Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling for greater international cooperation to help the country tackle these challenges.