Asia Pacific

UN agencies team up to provide family planning for refugees in Thailand

Two United Nations agencies are teaming up to provide reproductive health care, including family planning information and services, for refugees living along Thailand’s border with Myanmar.

Civilians face increasing risk amid Sri Lanka fighting, warns UN humanitarian chief

The United Nations is increasingly concerned for the well-being of tens of thousands of civilians caught up in the conflict raging in the northern Vanni area of Sri Lanka pitting Government forces against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the world body's humanitarian chief said today.

New vaccine could save 20,000 children’s lives annually in Bangladesh – UN

With the support of the United Nations, Bangladesh has unveiled a new vaccine to protect its children against five lethal diseases – including Hib, a deadly bacterium that causes severe forms of pneumonia and meningitis – in a single injection, in a bid to save the lives of some 20,000 children every year in the South Asian nation.

Despite progress, Nepal's peace process faces challenges, senior UN official warns

Despite “great achievements” in Nepal's peace process, controversies between the two former combatant forces, the Nepalese and Maoist armies, and other problems may be indicative of the difficulties that lie ahead, the top United Nations official in the country warned the Security Council today.

UN scheme slashes sexually transmitted infections in refugee camps

A series of measures taken by the United Nations refugee agency, including using community health workers to distribute condoms out of their homes, has dramatically reduced the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among refugees in Bangladesh.

UN stands ready to assist after severe floods inundate Fiji

United Nations agencies are standing by to provide assistance to Fiji where heavy rains over recent days have caused severe flooding in the Pacific island nation, causing at least seven deaths and the evacuation of over 6,500 people.

Nepal: UN rights office condemns killing of journalist amid growing attacks on media

The United Nations human rights office in Nepal deplored the brutal murder of a female journalist who was hacked to death in her own home yesterday and called on local authorities to conduct an immediate investigation.

Mine clearing progresses in Afghanistan, but funding shortage looms – UN official

More than 82,000 anti-personnel mines were cleared in Afghanistan in 2008, but the funding needed to meet the 2013 demining completion goal – around $500 million – is threatened by the world economic situation, a senior United Nations official said today.

Afghanistan: Top UN official meets with United States Vice President-Elect

United States Vice President-Elect, Joseph Biden, today met with the top United Nations official in Afghanistan to discuss the situation on the ground in the war-ravaged country as well as priorities for the next 12 months.

Citing increasing attacks, UN urges Sri Lanka to ensure safety for returnees

The United Nations refugee agency has called on the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure security for civilians in the eastern part of the strife-torn nation, citing a significant increase in the number of killings, abductions and injuries in areas of return, including 24 civilian deaths recorded in November alone in the Batticaloa district.