Asia Pacific

UN agency moves ahead with plan to revive ancient Silk Road for trade, tourism

The United Nations is pushing ahead with a major regional initiative to revive the ancient Silk Road aimed at renewing economic and cultural links bridging China and Central Asian countries by promoting modern forms of cooperation supported by advanced technologies and achieving “new miracles” of enhanced tourism.

UN human rights expert calls on DPR of Korea to clarify abductions of Japanese

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to respond “effectively and expeditiously” to Japan's claim that there are a number of abducted Japanese nationals who are still alive in the DPRK and that they should be returned to Japan immediately and safely.

UN agency still struggling to feed Afghans hit by worst winter in years

Although road clearance and air drops have sped up emergency operations in Afghanistan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is still struggling to reach the most isolated areas in central areas, where thousands of people struck by the country’s harshest winter for years urgently need assistance.

UN agency helps tsunami survivors return to productive life

With tsunami-hit countries in Asia moving into the rebuilding phase, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a series of humanitarian activities, ranging from water pond construction to food-for-work projects, to help hundreds of thousands of survivors return to a productive and independent way of life.

Four international experts appointed by UN envoy to help run Afghan legislative elections

The senior United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today appointed four international electoral experts to serve on the commission charged with preparing and conducting the country's national legislative and district polls scheduled for later this year.

UN agency seeks to boost tourism to tsunami-hit nations

Seeking to avoid a new “infodemic,” a repeat of the slump in Asian tourism from the SARS health crisis two years ago, the United Nations tourism agency has called on the world’s media to take care in its coverage of destinations hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami so as not to slow the recovery of an important economic sector.

UN sends teams to assess needs after Cyclone Percy hammers South Pacific islands

With Tropical Cyclone Percy having sown widespread destruction on the atolls and islands of the South Pacific, the United Nations is sending emergency teams to Tokelau and the Cook Islands to assess damage and humanitarian needs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

‘Mixed picture’ reported in Malaysian clampdown on migrants – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency, concerned that thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia could be at risk of arrest, detention or deportation as a crackdown on illegal migrants got under way today, reported that a mixed picture was emerging.