Asia Pacific

UN agency sets up regional Asian networks to better fight deadly bird flu

With bird flu continuing to pose a serious threat after killing almost two dozen people and ravaging Asia's domestic poultry earlier this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced a series of regional veterinary networks to better battle the virus.

Afghanistan: More than half million refugees return so far this year - UN

More than half a million Afghans have gone home from Iran and Pakistan so far this year, bringing the number of returnees since 2002 to over 3 million out of the 4.6 million estimated to have fled decades of war and violence in their homeland, the UN refugee agency reported today.

Secretary-General condemns terrorist bombings in Uzbek capital

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his dismay at a series of bombings in Uzbekistan against the United States and Israeli embassies, as well as the office of the country’s prosecutor.

UN disaster team deployed to flood-stricken Bangladesh

The United Nations has deployed a disaster team to Bangladesh to help the country respond to devastating floods that have affected more than 30 million people, including many who have lost their homes and are in urgent need of provisions.

New control strategy cuts TB rates in China by a third – WHO

China – one the world’s largest countries affected by tuberculosis – has seen a 30 per cent drop in the occurrence of the disease since the introduction of a new control strategy in the last decade, putting it on track to meet the worldwide goal of cutting in half the incidences of the illness by 2015, the United Nations health agency said today.

Millions of Bangladeshi children at risk as floods erode sanitation – UN

Millions of children in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka are facing an increasing risk of potentially fatal diseases as fetid sewers mix with the floodwaters that have devastated the South Asian country, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

With $1 million from Japan, UN project to cut demand for drugs in Afghanistan

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today announced plans to cut drug use in Afghanistan under a project receiving financial backing from the Government of Japan.

UN seeks to ease Bangladesh's worsening flood crisis

With more than 23 million people in Bangladesh affected by devastating floods that could yet worsen after already killing at least 275 people and damaging or destroying over 12 million houses, United Nations agencies are rushing in aid ranging from essential medicines to food to water purification tablets.

2 killed in blast at voter registration site in Afghanistan, UN envoy ‘outraged’

Two people at a voter registration site in eastern Afghanistan were killed in a bomb blast today, prompting the top United Nations envoy in the country to voice his anger at the attack.

Funding shortfall hampers delivery of food aid in DPR of Korea, UN says

The United Nations today said the severe shortfall in funding for its humanitarian programme in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is forcing cuts in its deliveries of vital rations to millions of hungry people.