Asia Pacific

50,000th Myanmar refugee leaves Thailand for new life in US, UN reports

An ethnic Karenni schoolteacher is the 50,000th refugee from Myanmar sheltering in Thailand who has left to begin a new life in the United States, marking a milestone for the world’s largest resettlement operation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) announced today.

Afghanistan: UN envoy sees potential to end conflict amid ‘complex’ situation

The current situation in Afghanistan – marked by the most intense fighting in years, and upcoming presidential polls – is extremely complex, but if managed well could also become a turning point in ending the conflict, the top United Nations envoy to the country said today.

Timor-Leste police take over duties from UN in second district

Police in another district in Timor-Leste have taken over law enforcement duties from the United Nations, it was announced today.

Myanmar should release all political prisoners, Ban says ahead of visit

Myanmar should release all political prisoners, including the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today ahead of a planned visit to the Asian country for talks with the leadership on key issues.

UN health agency urges greater funding for displaced in Pakistan

Extra funding is urgently needed to strengthen disease control efforts, re-stock rapidly dwindling supplies of essential drugs and improve access to reproductive health services in north-western Pakistan, where some 2 million people have been uprooted by violence, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) says.

Infrastructure critical to stimulate Afghan economic growth – UN envoy

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has stressed the need for investment in large infrastructure projects, which he said would connect the region and stimulate economic growth.

Secretary-General to visit Myanmar later this week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Myanmar from 3 to 4 July, at the invitation of the Government, to highlight key issues such as the need to release all political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, it was announced today.

High-level forum stresses need to tackle radioactive waste in Central Asia

A high-level forum organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) wrapped up in Geneva today with the adoption of a joint declaration stressing the need to tackle the challenge of radioactive waste in Central Asia.

UN envoy arrives in Myanmar for latest visit

The United Nations envoy for Myanmar has arrived in the South-East Asian nation for a two-day visit, a spokesperson for the world body announced today.

Pakistan: UN agency refutes media claims of large-scale return of displaced

Despite local media reports of widespread returns of some of the 2 million people uprooted by the conflict between Government forces and militants in north-west Pakistan, the United Nations refugee agency today said that there was no large-scale movement out of the makeshift camps housing the displaced.