Asia Pacific

Millions of Pakistanis still in need of post-flood assistance, say UN officials

Millions of Pakistanis are still in need of assistance as they recover from the floods that inundated large portions of the country during what was one of the most challenging years for the South Asian nation, two senior United Nations officials stated today.

UN condemns deadly roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan

The United Nations envoy in Afghanistan has strongly condemned today’s roadside bombing in the southern province of Helmand that reportedly killed 14 civilians and wounded many others, including children.

Food security efforts in Bangladesh to receive UN support for another year

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has decided to extend its country programme in Bangladesh until the end of 2011 to provide support to 2.1 million hungry, vulnerable and malnourished people in the South Asian nation.

Nepalese peace process at crossroads as UN mission ends mandate – Ban

The peace process in Nepal is at a crossroads as the United Nations winds up its mission there, with the major challenge remaining to integrate 19,000 personnel from the Maoist army which fought a decade-long civil war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.

UN agency invested nearly $6 million this year to aid Kyrgyzstan’s most vulnerable

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) spent nearly $6 million this year in Kyrgyzstan, where it is assisting 240,000 conflict-affected people in the south and 380,000 other vulnerable people in six out of seven of the country’s provinces.

Indonesian province makes great strides after tsunami but faces challenges – UN

The Indonesian province of Aceh has made remarkable progress in rebuilding since the devastating tsunami six years ago but faces major challenges in cutting poverty and inequality and reducing the impact of future disasters, a United Nations-backed report warns.

New UN-Korean partnership aims to boost transfer of ‘green’ technologies

The United Nations today announced a new partnership with the Republic of Korea’s international development agency to facilitate the transfer of environmentally sound technologies to help Cambodia tackle pollution.

UN refugee agency calls on Thailand not to forcibly return Myanmar nationals

The United Nations refugee agency today urged Thailand not to forcibly return a group of some 166 Myanmar nationals who fled their country amid renewed fighting and are currently seeking temporary protection from the Royal Government.

Pakistan: Ban condemns 'heinous' attack outside food aid centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the “heinous” terrorist attack that took place on Saturday outside a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) distribution centre in north-west Pakistan that reportedly killed 45 people and injured many others.

Asia-Pacific exports and imports grow at robust pace, UN reports

Powered by China, the Asia-Pacific region posted a growth rate of some 20 per cent in both exports and imports in 2010 despite “murky” protectionist steps by developed countries, and is expected to grow at a robust, if slower, pace in 2011, according to a United Nations report issued today.