Asia Pacific

‘Green’ stimulus plans by Japan and Republic of Korea hailed by UN environment chief

The announcement that Japan and the Republic of Korea will invest billions of dollars in environmentally smart projects to create jobs and spur economic growth is the latest sign that the Green New Deal advocated by the United Nations is gaining momentum, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

Further extension and downsizing proposed for UN presence in Nepal

The peace process in Nepal remains a fragile one, with critical agreements on the reintegration of former Maoist combatants still lacking, and will continue to need United Nations assistance, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who proposes an extension of the UN presence there, albeit at a slightly reduced capacity.

UN urges end to Nepalese practice of using young girls as domestic workers

The United Nations has urged Nepal to end the practice of sending young girls from indigenous families to work in private homes, where they risk being exploited, and to ensure justice for those who have been abused as well as search for those who have gone missing.

Real lives touched by drug trade in ‘Golden Triangle’ featured in UN photo stories

The lives of real people affected by the illicit drug trade in the area known as the Golden Triangle – Thailand, Laos and Myanmar – are showcased in a new set of photo stories published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

UNICEF gathering assesses how to protect children in face of global economic woes

A United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) meeting in Singapore drew over 150 academics, policy advisors, finance ministers and other senior officials to discuss how to best protect children in the face of tightening budgets due to the global economic slowdown.

Number of Bhutanese refugees resettled from Nepal last year tops 8,000 – UN

More than 8,000 refugees from Bhutan left their camps in Nepal for resettlement in third countries in 2008, with the vast majority of them going to the United States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.

Joint UN assessment underway in quake-hit Indonesia

A joint United Nations assessment mission is being carried out in the Indonesian province of West Papua, where a series of earthquakes yesterday injured hundreds, damaged more than 800 houses and sent some 14,000 fleeing from their homes.

Bangladesh's new government should reach out to opposition – UN official

A senior United Nations electoral official today urged Bangladesh's newly elected Government to extend a hand of friendship to the opposition, saying there should not be “a feeling of winners and losers.”

Returning refugees to Afghanistan struggle to earn a living wage, say UN agency

Many Afghan refugees returning to their homeland in recent years, mostly from Pakistan, are struggling to make a living and to cope with their new surroundings, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).