Asia Pacific

Delhi quake drill good example for other high-risk cities to follow – UN envoy

The head of the United Nations office for disaster risk reduction has welcomed the mass earthquake drill organized by Indian authorities in Delhi yesterday and encouraged all high seismic cities to follow the city’s example to better prepare for possible catastrophes.

General Assembly President discusses global issues with Indian Prime Minister

General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, who is on an official visit to India, today discussed reform and revitalization of the United Nations with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a meeting that also touched on the state of the global economy.

UN health agency urges final push to eliminate leprosy in Western Pacific region

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a “final push” to eliminate leprosy as a public health threat in the Western Pacific region, where more than 5,000 fresh cases of the curable disease are still reported each year.

UN boosting assistance to rebuild Afghanistan’s irrigation network

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is boosting its technical support to help rebuild Afghanistan’s dilapidated traditional irrigation systems, which have been neglected for decades owing to war and migration away from rural areas.

Maldives: UN official urges all sides to form national unity government

All sides in the current political crisis in the Maldives must urgently reach agreement on forming an inclusive government of national unity, a senior United Nations official said today, calling also for a “credible and independent” probe into recent events in the Indian Ocean country.

Arriving in Myanmar, UN envoy focuses on sustainable development

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Myanmar arrived in the country today for a five-day visit in which he will meet with Government authorities, political parties and civil society representatives, as the Asian nation moves ahead with planned reforms.

Asia-Pacific nations wrap up UN forum with plan to advance progress on AIDS targets

Asia-Pacific nations at a United Nations meeting in Bangkok have agreed to boost cooperation and to develop regional accountability mechanisms and financing modalities to accelerate progress towards global HIV/AIDS commitments.

UNESCO ready to boost assistance as Myanmar moves ahead with reforms

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is already assisting with a number of initiatives in Myanmar, voiced its readiness to work even more closely with the South-East Asian nation as it moves forward with planned reforms.

Senior UN official urges all sides in the Maldives to pursue dialogue

A senior United Nations official urged all sides in the Maldives to exercise restraint and pursue dialogue after he arrived in the Indian Ocean archipelago late today for talks, just days after the country’s president resigned amid mounting political tensions.

UN agency defending press freedom condemns murder of Pakistani journalist

The head of the United Nations agency in charge of defending press freedom today condemned the recent death of a Pakistani journalist and called for measures to improve security conditions for reporters in the Asian country.