Asia Pacific

Sri Lanka: UN agency funds irrigation improvement projects

The United Nations fund tasked with promoting rural development will provide a $22-million loan to Sri Lanka to finance the improvement of the South Asian country’s irrigation infrastructure and crop diversification, as well as projects to expand market opportunities for smallholder farmers.

UN experts begin assessment of effects of Fukushima nuclear accident

Sixty international experts assessing the radiation exposures and health effects resulting from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan last March kicked off a week-long meeting today in Vienna.

UN official surveys typhoon damage in the Philippines

The head of the United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction wrapped up her visit to the Philippines today by comparing the damage caused by Typhoon Sendong to that of major tsunamis such as the one that struck Japan last year.

UN official calls on Myanmar to foster private-public partnerships to support reforms

A top United Nations official called today on the Government of Myanmar to boost partnerships between the private and public sectors to support the country’s recent reforms as well as to help accelerate development and job creation in the country.

Peace process can only be successful if it is led by Afghans, says new UN envoy

Afghanistan’s peace process can only be successful if it is Afghan-led and inclusive, the new United Nations envoy to the country stated today.

In Bangkok, UN official stresses disaster risk management following deadly floods

The head of the United Nations agency dealing with disaster risk reduction met today with officials in Thailand to discuss new proposals on risk management and to urge government support for business continuity plans following the costliest disaster in the country’s history.

UNESCO chief calls for probe into murder of Thai newspaper owner

The head of the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom today condemned the murder of a Thai newspaper owner, editor and political organizer and called for an investigation into his killing.

DPR Korea: UN expert urges new leaders to improve human rights

An independent United Nations expert today urged the new leadership in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to address pressing human rights concerns and resolve related outstanding issues, including the abduction of Japanese and other foreign nationals.

UN calls on Cambodia to appoint international judge to genocide court

The United Nations today voiced concern at Cambodia’s decision not to appoint the current reserve judge as the new international co-investigating judge at the tribunal set up to try former Khmer Rouge leaders, saying it breaches the agreement that set up the court.

UN calls for combining energy access with anti-poverty projects in Asia

Services that combine access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity, with measures that generate cash, supplement incomes and improve health and education would be the most effective energy solutions in Asia and the Pacific, according to United Nations analysis released today.