Asia Pacific

UN calls on Southeast Asia to redouble efforts to halt child landmine deaths

With landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) continuing indiscriminately to maim and kill children across Southeast Asia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is calling on regional governments to redouble their efforts to clean up the devastating waste from decades of war.

Bangladesh: UN renews call for urgent aid to victims of worst flooding in years

With only a third of the $210 million flash appeal for last month's devastating floods in Bangladesh in hand, drinking water in short supply, and farmers in urgent need of seeds, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for the country today urged donors not to forget the disaster which killed 900 people and displaced 4 million more.

China: UNICEF head gets first hand look at health and education deficit in Tibet

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy is in Tibet to get a first hand look at the situation of youngsters in western China, a region that is struggling to catch up with the country’s strong economic growth.

Sanctions on al-Qaida must be upgraded or risk irrelevancy, UN panel chief says

With al-Qaida-related terrorism posing as great a threat as ever, the head of the United Nations committee monitoring sanctions against the group today called for "pressing on the accelerator a lot more" to strengthen steps to cut off financing and prevent the terrorists from obtaining a dirty bomb or other means of mass destruction.

Italian Major-General named new UN Chief Military Observer in India-Pakistan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named Maj.-Gen. Guido Palmieri of Italy as Chief Military Observer in the United Nations Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

World's biggest drive against intestinal worms reaches 4.5 million Afghan kids

For a cost of less than half a million dollars, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has completed its largest-ever campaign to fight intestinal worms, treating more than 4.5 million children in Afghanistan against the biggest cause of disease in young children in the developing world.

Annan voices deep concern at weekend series of deadly bombings in Afghanistan

Noting the high death toll from the two explosions in Afghanistan over the weekend, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his deep concern at the continuing violent attacks on the country's electoral process.

No casualties after blast apparently targets election workers in Afghanistan

As polling officials in Afghanistan began training today for the country's upcoming elections, the United Nations temporarily stopped road missions to Rodat District in Nangarhar province after a blast apparently targeted election workers there.

DPR Korea: first-ever UN environmental study documents pollution, degradation

Forests in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have declined, rivers and urban air have become more polluted and major crop yields have fallen dramatically due to land degradation and natural disasters, according to the first-ever United Nations environmental study of the country, released today.

Nepal: UNESCO chief condemns murder of journalist as attack on all society

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of a Nepalese journalist by Maoist rebels as an affront to democracy and an attack on the whole of society.