Asia Pacific

UN condemns deadly attack in Afghan capital

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations mission in Afghanistan have strongly condemned today's attacks in Kabul which caused the death and injury of many Afghan and foreign residents and for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.

Head of UN agency defending press freedom deplores killing of Pakistani journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending the freedom of the press today deplored the killing of Pakistani journalist, Ashiq Ali Mangi, who may have been targeted for his coverage of a local feud between two ethnic groups.

Myanmar: Ban disappointed by denial of Aung San Suu Kyi’s release

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced disappointment that the continued appeal against her house arrest in Myanmar by prominent pro-democracy and opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was rejected again.

Independent UN probe into Bhutto killing wraps up latest visit to Pakistan

The independent United Nations commission charged with examining the facts and circumstances behind the December 2007 assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto has completed its latest visit to the country, a spokesperson for the world body announced today.

Security Council extends UN mission in Timor-Leste for another year

The Security Council today extend for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission working to promote peace, stability and development in Timor-Leste.

Nepal: UN stresses its need for impartiality in Government request for Maoist data

The top United Nations envoy in Nepal today discussed with the Government its request for confidential data on Maoist army personnel, stressing the world body’s need to maintain impartiality in backing the peace process that ended more than a decade of civil war between Maoist rebels and the former monarchy.

UN cash-for-work scheme to help Mongolian herders amid livestock disaster

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is developing a cash-for-work programme in Mongolia under which herders will earn income to clear and bury the carcasses of the over 2 million livestock that have perished nationwide amid a particularly harsh winter.

India’s contribution pushes UN global campaign to over 10 billion trees planted

India, the world’s second most populous country, announced today that it is coming on board the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) campaign to cover the world with billions of trees, pushing the total number planted so far to more than 10 billion since the movement started in 2006.

Asia to get new UN emergency response centre for disasters

With natural disasters on the rise, the United Nations is opening its first ever Asian emergency response centre to provide pre-positioned humanitarian aid within 48 hours of a crisis striking, following an agreement signed today with Malaysia.

UN helping to save Siberian Crane from brink of extinction

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is helping to save the iconic Siberian Crane – a critically endangered species, numbering between just 3,000 and 3,500 – by stabilizing its flight path used for annual migration.