Asia Pacific

Asian parliamentarians urge national funding for disaster risk reduction – UN

Parliamentarians from 10 Asian countries have urged governments in the region to allocate at least one per cent of their national budgets to projects designed to strengthen disaster risk reduction, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) said today.

Ban discusses security with Central Asian leaders, stresses vital role of women

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed security in Central Asia with regional leaders following recent unrest, and underscored the vital need to end gender-based violence and discrimination and empower women as essential building blocks in ensuring peace and stability.

Humanitarian agencies seek funds for cyclone emergency in Myanmar – UN

Humanitarian agencies in Myanmar require an estimated $53 million to respond to the needs of at least 260,000 people who were affected by Cyclone Giri that battered the western coast of the South-east Asian country last month, destroying thousands of homes, infrastructure and farms, the United Nations reported today.

UN drug official praises work of Central Asian anti-trafficking body

The United Nations can work more closely with regional organizations in the fight against drug trafficking, a senior official with the world body said today as he commended the efforts carried out in Central Asia.

Visiting UN envoy urges Myanmar authorities to build on recent developments

A United Nations envoy on Sunday encouraged Myanmar authorities to build on recent developments towards democracy and national reconciliation, and to address concerns about the recent elections.

Tackling Afghan drugs and crime requires broad, global strategy – UN official

A top United Nations official today stressed the need for a broad strategy and greater international cooperation to boost counter-narcotics and crime prevention efforts in Afghanistan.

Inter-Korean dialogue crucial for resolving human rights concerns, says UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for a quick resumption of dialogue between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resolve issues such as the reunion of separated families and the situation of asylum-seekers.

Nepal: UN reports progress in rehabilitating child soldiers from civil war

A Security Council working group today reported significant progress on the release and reintegration of thousands of Nepalese child soldiers who fought in the decade-long civil war between the then-royalist government and Maoist insurgents.

Pakistan: UN addresses gender-based violence against flood victims

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is seeking to prevent and respond to gender-based violence against women and girls among the more than 20 million victims of Pakistan’s recent floods, the country’s

UNESCO head condemns Pakistani journalist’s death

The chief of the United Nations agency that defends press freedom today condemned the recent murder of a Pakistani journalist, calling it an attack on democracy.