Asia Pacific

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Pakistani journalist

Speaking out against the murder of Pakistani journalist Zubair Ahmed Mujahid, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today raised alarm about growing pressures on freedom of expression in the country.

Myanmar: UN envoy denounces closure of monastery used as HIV/AIDS hospice

The top United Nations envoy for Myanmar today spoke out against the closure in the South-East Asian nation of a monastery used as a hospice for those living with HIV and AIDS.

Bangladesh: UN agencies to rush aid to children devastated by recent cyclone

United Nations agencies and their partners will begin distributing much-needed supplies to children and pregnant and lactating women living in areas recently devastated by Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

Ending visit to Timor-Leste, Security Council team pledges ongoing UN support

Wrapping up a four-day mission to assess the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste, the Security Council today said the international community will provide ongoing support for the world body’s efforts in the tiny nation which only gained independence in 2002.

UN food agency plans 6-month emergency operation in Bangladesh

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a $52 million, six-month plan to provide emergency aid to 2.2 million Bangladeshis affected by the recent cyclone.

Security Council team holds talks in eastern district of Timor-Leste

The Security Council delegation visiting Timor-Leste to assess the work of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the tiny nation (UNMIT) today travelled to the eastern district of Baucau for talks with local authorities, political party representatives, UN officials and police officers.

Myanmar crisis tops talks between UN envoy and Cambodian Foreign Minister

Continuing his consultations with regional leaders, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar today conferred with Cambodia’s Foreign Minister on United Nations efforts to promote dialogue and reconciliation between the Government and the opposition in the troubled South-East Asian nation.

Ban Ki-moon to participate in next month’s climate change conference in Bali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to the Indonesian island of Bali next month, where world leaders will gather for a major conference on climate change, to try to press for a breakthrough in the international negotiations on devising a comprehensive agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Almost $100 million needed to help feed Indonesia’s poorest, says UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for $98 million to run a three-year project to feed the hungry in Indonesia, where millions of poor children across the South-East Asian archipelago are malnourished.

UN supports creation of first ‘closed’ juvenile rehabilitation centre in Afghanistan

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has created a new “closed” juvenile rehabilitation centre in Afghanistan – the first of its kind in the war-torn nation – to provide young offenders with the training and counselling they need to make better lives for themselves once they complete their sentences.