Asia Pacific

First US football, now Australian rugby scores for UN tsunami relief

First it was the United States with football. Now it is Australia with rugby with a bit of on-site fieldwork to assist the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in its emergency operations to feed the hundreds of thousands of people left destitute by the Indian Ocean tsunami.

UN pullout would leave Timor-Leste facing insurmountable challenges, Security Council told

The withdrawal from Timor-Leste of United Nations military liaisons and police trainers as scheduled later this spring might leave the country facing insurmountable challenges in its path towards peace and stability, the top UN envoy to the nation told the Security Council today.

Thai economist named to head UN trade body seeking to integrate poorer nations

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has nominated the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Supachai Panitchpakdi, to head the United Nations agency that for the past 40 years has sought to promote the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy.

UN agency helps organize food airdrops over Afghan regions struck by deadly cold wave

Responding to poor road conditions and heavy snow in Afghanistan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is organizing relief airdrops over two remote areas in the centre of the country.

Global funding to stop bird flu becoming human pandemic urged at UN conference

A United Nations conference on bird flu in Asia today called on the international community to urgently help with hundreds of millions of dollars in financing for “vital changes” needed to prevent the virus from mutating into a global human influenza pandemic, which in a worst-case scenario could claim tens of millions of lives.

UN food agency steps up airdrops to Afghans isolated by winter snows

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is stepping up airdrops in Afghanistan in collaboration with the Government and the United States-led coalition in an effort to reach tens of thousands of people isolated by snow in the harshest winter in many years in the mountainous central Asian country.

Two months after tsunami only some UN agencies have received full funding

Two months after a devastating tsunami wrought havoc on a dozen Indian Ocean countries and sparked an unprecedented outpouring of global relief aid, the United Nations reported today that while some of its agencies have received 100 per cent of their immediate flash appeal requirements, others still remain under-funded.

UN labour agency mission calls off further talks on forced labour in Myanmar

A high-level United Nations labour agency mission to Myanmar to look into allegations of the use of forced labour has called off further discussions because its visit did not include meetings necessary for it to successfully complete its mandate.

UN uses airdrops to get food to Afghans isolated by heavy snowfalls

Facing an unusually cold winter and heavy snowfalls in Afghanistan, leading to outbreaks of whooping cough, measles and pneumonia, road blockages and food shortages, United Nations agencies are using airdrops to get urgent supplies into some regions, where land convoys have been stuck for up to three weeks.

Mother and child health services in Thai tsunami zone expanded by UN agency

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today said it is restoring its health services, including HIV/AIDS prevention, in the coastal region of Thailand devastated by the December tsunami and also expanding its work into the communities of immigrants from Myanmar.