Asia Pacific

Uruguayan general named chief of UN observer mission in India and Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Major-General Raul Gloodtdofsky Fernandez of Uruguay as head of the United Nations mission in India and Pakistan.

Nepal: UN calls for rapid accord on Maoist combatants as mission draws to close

The top United Nations official in Nepal has called on the Government and political parties to reach rapid agreement on the reintegration of Maoist army personnel, in addition to other monitoring-related issues, as the UN wraps up its mission to help the country recover from a decade-long civil war.

Weak economic growth in developed countries threatens Asian recovery – UN

Led by China and India, the Asia-Pacific region made a significant economic recovery this year, following recession in previous years, but weakening economies in developed countries could pose new challenges for the region in 2011, according to a report from the UN’s commission for the region.

UN voices deep sorrow at deaths of refugees in Indian Ocean boat tragedy

The United Nations refugee agency voiced “deep shock and sorrow” today after a vessel thought to be carrying Iranian and Iraqi asylum-seekers foundered on the coast of Australia’s Christmas Island, with at least 27 people reported dead, including children.

UN officials stress need for coordinated anti-terrorism effort in Central Asia

Vigilance and measures that have tightened security in Central Asia have helped keep the threat of terrorism at bay, but extremists, criminal groups and instability in the wider area mean that the region is still vulnerable, the United Nations top official for Central Asia said at a counter-terrorism meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, today.

UN completes 200,000th home for returning Afghan refugees

The United Nations refugee agency said today it has now built 200,000 homes for returning refugees and internally displaced persons in Afghanistan as part of the shelter programme it began in 2002 and which has thus far benefited 1.4 million people.

UNESCO chief deplores murders of three Pakistani journalists

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the recent murders of three Pakistani journalists, noting that the fact that they lost their lives in two separate incidents on the same day underlines the grave dangers facing media professionals in the South Asian nation.

Resettlement scheme for refugees in Nepal passes 40,000 mark, UN agency reports

A United Nations initiative launched three years ago to resettle tens of thousands of refugees from camps in eastern Nepal passed the 40,000 mark today, the world body’s refugee agency reported.

Iraq donates wheat flour to UN food aid operation for flood-affected Pakistanis

The Government of Iraq today shipped 4,000 tons of wheat flour to Pakistan as its contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) relief effort in support of people affected by the devastating floods that hit the South Asian country this year.

UN experts voice concern over China’s crackdown on rights defenders

Three independent United Nations experts today voiced concern over the crackdown on human rights defenders during the two months since jailed activist Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.