Asia Pacific

Australia can do more to improve situation of indigenous peoples – UN expert

Despite strides in improving the situation of indigenous people in Australia, an independent United Nations expert today called on the country to build on that momentum to close the gap of “indigenous disadvantage.”

Pakistan: UN voices concern over destruction of health facilities

With many health centres in north-western Pakistan having been destroyed or looted during recent clashes between Government forces and militants, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed apprehension about supporting the 1.5 million uprooted people returning to their homes.

Security Council, Ban deplore brutal bombing in southern Afghanistan

The Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the senior United Nations official in Afghanistan have all condemned yesterday’s suicide bomb attack in the southern city of Kandahar, which has killed more than 40 civilians and wounded at least 80 others.

UN agencies discuss early recovery efforts with Pakistani authorities

United Nations officials have wrapped up a mission to Swat district in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) to discuss the strengthening of humanitarian assistance to those uprooted by military operations in the region, as well as early recovery efforts.

Sustainable agriculture key to recovery from financial crisis in Asia – UN

Any recovery programme to pull the Asia-Pacific region out of the global recession, which has morphed into a food crisis, must include sustainable agriculture measures, participants concluded at a United Nations meeting in Beijing.

With pedal power, UN staff take part in race to change perceptions about Timor-Leste

It may lack the glamour or the pedigree of the Tour de France, but the inaugural Tour de Timor – which starts today in the capital, Dili – can probably claim to be a more gruelling race than its storied peer, with potholes, dirt roads, slippery river crossings and uneven off-road routes to unnerve even the most experienced cyclists.

Top UN envoy urges calm as Afghanistan awaits election results

The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today urged patience and calm as the country’s Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) responds to the complaints that have been received following last week’s historic presidential and provincial council polls.

Veteran French diplomat named UN special envoy for assistance to Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the current French Ambassador to the United Nations as his Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, a newly-created position, it was announced today.

Security Council lauds holding of ‘historic’ Afghan elections

The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the holding of Afghanistan’s “historic” presidential and provincial council elections, while condemning the actions of those who sought to disrupt the 20 August polls.

Pakistani returns to north-west top 1 million, reports UN

Around 1.6 million of the over 2 million people displaced by conflict in Pakistan’s north-west have returned to their villages, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today, citing Government figures.