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Thousands of dengue fever cases emerging in Pakistan, UN reports

More than 12,000 cases of dengue fever and 125 deaths linked to the disease have been reported across Pakistan so far this year, with the majority occurring in Punjab province, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Asian floods taking a major human and economic toll, UN says

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) today voiced its concern at the millions of people who have been affected by the floods ravaging many countries in Asia, and urged governments to increase their investment in disaster risk reduction.

Pakistan: UN warns relief supplies for flood hit people could run out in weeks

The United Nations warned today that humanitarian agencies are running out of resources to assist those affected by floods in southern Pakistan, even as the need for clean water, food, shelter and medical services increase among the more than five million people in affected communities.

Universal access to clean energy vital for reducing poverty, UN officials stress

It is vital for countries in Asia and the Pacific to have national policies that will ensure universal access to clean and efficient energy services to advance poverty reduction and improve health and well-being, United Nations officials told a meeting in Bangkok.

Humanitarian, nuclear issues top discussions between Ban and DPR Korea official

Food shortages and other humanitarian concerns in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), especially after the recent floods, as well as the ongoing nuclear issue, have topped discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Asian country’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

UN presses Afghans to seize opportunity for dialogue, despite recent setbacks

The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today stressed the need to seize the window of opportunity for dialogue and reconciliation that exists, despite the recent killing of the former president who was leading peace efforts in the country.

Cambodia’s draft law on NGOs deserves further review – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Cambodian Government to carefully review a draft law that may hamper the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the South-east Asian nation.

Indonesia’s finances, water supplies and apes set to benefit from UN green plan

Conserving key forests in Indonesia could generate billions of dollars in revenue, up to three times more than felling them for palm oil plantations, under a United Nations carbon reduction plan that would also secure water supplies and protect critically endangered orangutan apes, according to a report issued today.

UN and South-East Asian bloc discuss enhanced collaboration on common priorities

Top United Nations officials and ministers from the South-East Asian bloc known as ASEAN have discussed how to enhance collaboration between the two bodies, as well as issues such as disaster management and the peaceful settlement of disputes.

‘Ravaged’ Pakistan determined to root out terrorism, General Assembly hears

Pakistan has suffered at the hands of terrorists like few countries have, its Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, stressing her Government’s firm commitment to defeating this scourge and calling for enhanced cooperation at the global level.