Asia Pacific

Security critical for this year’s Timor-Leste polls, more police needed: UN envoy

Highlighting the “fragile” security situation in Timor-Leste, the top United Nations envoy to the impoverished nation today reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for more international police during this year’s elections, the first to be held there since it gained independence from Indonesia in 2002.

Arms registration and storage concluded in western Nepal – UN envoy

Arms registration and storage by United Nations monitors in the western part of Nepal has now been concluded, the world body's senior envoy to the Himalayan country confirmed today.

UN food agency to extend operations in Nepal in response to ongoing drought

The United Nations food agency in Nepal will extend its aid operations to three drought-affected districts of the eastern Terai – an area seized with political violence over the last month – while continuing assistance until the end of June to drought victims in the mid- and far-western regions, efforts that will directly benefit around 400,000 people.

UN offers up to $2 million from emergency fund for Indonesia flood relief

The top United Nations humanitarian official today released up to $2 million from the world body’s emergency fund to help Indonesia’s Government deal with the deadly floods that have already killed at least 50 people and displaced half a million others in the capital Jakarta and surrounding areas.

Indonesian flood waters recede but fears of water-borne diseases persist – UN

Although the floodwaters have begun to recede in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, where 25 people are confirmed dead and nearly 300,000 others were driven from their homes, according to latest Government figures, clean water remains cut off in many areas and the fear of water-borne diseases persists, the United Nations reported today.

Camps in Pakistan housing more than 230,000 Afghan refugees to be closed – UN

Citing security and development concerns, the United Nations refugee agency, Pakistan and Afghanistan have made plans to close four camps, accommodating more than 230,000 Afghan refugees, by the end of this summer, while providing residents with repatriation and relocation options.

Indonesia: UN agencies step up food, health aid to flood victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today started providing immediate food aid to some of the worst-affected flood victims in the Indonesia capital, Jakarta, where at least 40 people have been killed and 340,000 others driven from their homes by rains which inundated thousands of houses and other buildings, including 1,500 schools.

Asia-Pacific journalists begin UN training on coverage of development goals

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) today began a three-day specialized training programme to help television journalists from around the region enhance their reporting on anti-poverty targets known collectively as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Top UN rights official says all sides must end deadly violence in Nepal

Expressing deep concern over deadly violence in the south-eastern Terai region of Nepal, the top United Nations human rights official today said it was “imperative” for all sides to stop the clashes, which have claimed at least 23 lives, caused countless injuries and destroyed property.

Illegal logging in Indonesia threatens very survival of orangutan, UN report warns

The orangutan, one of the world’s few great apes, is making its last stand in the jungles of Indonesia as illegal logging accelerates at a far faster rate than previously thought, and emergency action is needed now to ensure their survival, including international initiatives to curb demand for the lumber, a new United Nations report warned today.