Asia Pacific

Afghanistan: UN warns that funding shortfall could hamper September elections

With parliamentary elections in Afghanistan only seven week’s away, the United Nations mission warned today that a $31 million funding shortfall could hamper essential preparatory work and lead to a postponement, although it stressed that it expected the poll to go ahead as scheduled.

UN agencies bring aid to flood-hit western India

United Nations agencies are providing help to states in western India where unprecedented heavy rains and flooding have killed some 1,000 people, destroyed 10,000 houses, damaged hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops lands and drowned 15,000 sheep and goats.

More UN tsunami-recovery efforts announced for Sri Lanka, Indonesia

As part of continuing efforts to help coastal communities recover from the devastating effects of last year's Indian Ocean tsunami, United Nations agencies today announced the distribution of fishing equipment in Sri Lanka and strategies for the reconstruction of ports in Indonesia.

Annan appoints new Deputy Special Envoy for tsunami recovery

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed a former member of the administration of former United States President Bill Clinton to be his Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery under Mr. Clinton, who serves as the Special Envoy.

UN World Food Programme head looks at programmes in Myanmar

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) head James Morris arrived in Myanmar today on a four-day trip to assess all WFP programmes across the Asian country, the UN spokesman said.