Asia Pacific

UN officials congratulate Afghan people on largely peaceful polls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy to Afghanistan have congratulated the people of the fledgling democracy on today’s presidential and provincial council elections, and paid tribute to all those who made the largely peaceful polls possible.

UN and Republic of Korea partner to boost 'green' growth

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has joined forces with the Republic of Korea (ROK) to support the East Asian nation’s quest for a sustainable ‘green’ economic future in the midst of a global recession.

Ban calls on all Afghans to cast their votes in tomorrow’s elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all eligible Afghan men and women to cast their ballots in tomorrow’s presidential and provincial elections, saying their votes will play a crucial role in helping the country on the path towards greater stability and democracy.

UN health agency advises South-East Asian nations in fight against A(H1N1) virus

The United Nations health agency is providing practical information and technical expertise to countries in South-East Asia to help reduce panic and encourage prevention against the influenza A(H1N1) virus, which has already claimed over 80 lives in the region and continues to spread.

New UN study examines hunger severity within Nepal

Hunger rates are most severe in the western regions of Nepal, which already ranks near the bottom of the global hunger index, according to a new report by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which is examining food insecurity levels within the South Asian nation.

FEATURE: Five years after tsunami, Indonesia better prepared for catastrophes

The devastating tsunami which hit Indonesia so hard in December 2004 had two positive effects: it pushed the population to reflect and improve its mechanisms for managing catastrophes, and in the country’s Aceh province it led to the end of a conflict which had lasted 70 years.

FEATURE: Away from the frontlines, UN staff give a helping hand

Humanitarian work typically takes place in conflict zones, or following natural disasters, or in remote areas where food is scarce and the need for immediate assistance is high. Grain sacks are hauled and distributed, life-saving vaccinations are given, and temporary shelters are found.

Two UN staff among dead in Kabul bombing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep distress at the news that two United Nations staff members were among those killed in today’s suicide bombing in Kabul, which reportedly killed at least seven people, just two days ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential and provincial council elections.

New UN report details Shanghai’s ‘green’ efforts ahead of Expo 2010

Shanghai has made strides in ‘greening’ itself ahead of the Expo 2010, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which also called on the Chinese city to continue efforts to decrease its reliance on coal.

FEATURE: Pakistani host families play crucial role in UN aid efforts

Their names may not make headlines or their faces grace television screens, but to United Nations officials and hundreds of thousands of their fellow Pakistanis, people such as Haji Akbar and Shahzaman are the true heroes of what is one of the largest displacement crises in the world today.