Asia Pacific

Sri Lanka: UN ramps up aid to over 150,000 displaced by conflict

The United Nations refugee agency today began an emergency airlift operation targeting the some 150,000 people uprooted by intense armed conflict between Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka, as the world body’s top relief official continues his visit to the South Asian nation.

Sri Lanka: Top UN relief official to call for release of civilians trapped in fighting

The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Sri Lanka on The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday to press for the release of tens of thousands of civilians still confined to a shrinking pocket of land on the country's north-east coast, which has been fiercely defended by separatist Tamil rebels against a Government military offensive since December.

Economic stimulus must address food crisis in Asia-Pacific – UN report

Any economic recovery must take into account that the global financial catastrophe has spiralled into a food crisis for the 583 million people struggling to make a living across the Asia-Pacific region, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Top UN relief official heading to Sri Lanka

With civilians still caught in crossfire between Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka, the top United Nations humanitarian official will head to the South Asian nation for a three-day visit, it was announced today.

Crisis ‘triple threat’ demands greater cooperation in Asia-Pacific – UN

As countries in Asia and the Pacific grapple with the “triple threat” of the economic crisis, food and fuel insecurity and climate change, there is a greater need for cooperation in the region, a senior United Nations official said today.

Secretary-General to dispatch UN relief team to Sri Lankan combat zone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he will immediately send a United Nations humanitarian team to the shrinking conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka, calling for the mission to be allowed into the area as soon as possible.

UNDP partners with Timor-Leste university to advance human development

The United Nations agency tasked with providing countries with the knowledge, experience and resources that aid growth has announced the opening of a think-tank in Timor-Leste linking academics and policy makers to better promote development in the fledgling nation.

UN relief chief lauds China’s work on disaster recovery, preparedness

Wrapping up a visit to China today, the top United Nations relief official praised the East Asian nation’s disaster preparedness and recovery efforts as the first anniversary of the devastating Wenchuan earthquake neared.

Sri Lanka: tens of thousands still trapped in shrinking combat zone, UN says

The United Nations voiced deep concern today over the safety of tens of thousands of civilians trapped in a shrinking pocket of land on Sri Lanka’s north-east coast where fighting rages between the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka: 40,000 more flee battle zone – UN

An estimated 40,000 more people have fled Sri Lanka's north-eastern coastal pocket, where the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are engaged in fierce fighting, the United Nations refugee agency has reported.