Asia Pacific

Nepal’s peace process entering ‘difficult phase,’ UN envoy cautions

The top United Nations official in Nepal today voiced concern that planned Maoist demonstrations tomorrow could result in violence as she warned that the country’s peace process has reached a “difficult phase.”

Crisis persists in Pakistan’s Swat Valley despite return of many displaced – UN

The effects of the humanitarian crisis sparked by the military offensive against insurgents in north-western Pakistan a year ago persist despite the return of most of the two million people who fled their homes because of the conflict, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Funding gap hinders recovery in Myanmar, two years after cyclone – UN

Two years after Cyclone Nargis left 2.4 million people in need of emergency food, housing and other forms of critical assistance, the United Nations aid coordinator in Myanmar said today that just a quarter of the pledged funds have come in and the gap threatens the long-term revival of the area hit by the disaster.

UN-backed tribunal denies appeal for release of three Khmer Rouge leaders

The United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago today dismissed appeals by three of the regime’s leaders to release them from provisional detention ahead of their trials.

Anti-poverty targets the focus of discussions as Treki continues visit to China

The ambitious set of social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) topped the agenda today as General Assembly President Ali Treki continued his official visit to China.

UN agency chief urges strengthening of health care in DPR Korea

The quality and reach of health care in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) needs to improve and the country’s Government should allocate more of its domestic budget for health programmes, a senior United Nations official said today after wrapping up a visit to the Asian country.

Low-carbon economic success possible in Asia and the Pacific, UN official says

Regional cooperation and partnerships among the public, private and civil society could help the Asia and Pacific region lead to the development of a road map to low-carbon economic growth, participants said today at a United Nations forum in China.

Tajikistan: UN agencies help to roll out polio vaccines for distribution

Nearly 1.1 million young children in Tajikistan will start receiving vaccines next week against polio, the sometimes deadly disease which has returned to the Central Asian country where it was thought to have been eradicated 13 years ago, United Nations agencies reported today.

UN urges restraint by all sides in Nepal ahead of Maoist protests

The United Nations human rights office in Nepal is urging restraint by all sides to prevent violence during upcoming protests announced by the Maoists, while stressing the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

UN agency warns of increased foot-and-mouth threats after outbreaks in Asia

Three recent incursions of foot-and-mouth disease in Japan and the Republic of Korea, which were officially free of such outbreaks, has led the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to issue a call today for increased global surveillance.