Asia Pacific

Some 10,000 Afghans returned home from Pakistan in March, reports UN agency

Since the start of a new repatriation season almost one month ago, some 10,000 Afghans have returned to their homeland from neighbouring Pakistan, the United Nation refugee agency reported today.

World waiting for climate change solution, says Ban Ki-moon

The world is waiting anxiously for a durable and economically feasible solution to the pressing issue of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the latest round of United Nations-sponsored talks which began today in Bangkok.

Timor-Leste: UN and partners appeal for $33.5 million for recovery efforts

The United Nations and non-governmental organizations working in Timor-Leste are seeking $33.5 million to help the country’s most vulnerable, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those most at risk from natural disasters.

Violence has no place in Nepali election process – UN envoy

The top United Nations envoy in Nepal today started a regional tour of the South Asian nation, which is on the verge of historic elections, to check on preparations and stress the responsibility of all parties to shun violence and abide by all agreements for the poll.

Violent clashes continue in parts of Nepal ahead of upcoming polls – UN report

Campaigning for Nepal's upcoming Constituent Assembly election continues in relative calm across much of the South Asian nation, but a significant number of districts have experienced a surge in clashes between different political party supporters, according to a report released today by the United Nations.

Vowing support for Government, new UN envoy arrives in Afghanistan

Pledging to boost assistance to the Government of Afghanistan, the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for the war-ravaged nation touched down in Kabul today.

UN refugee chief to visit Tajikistan next week

The United Nations refugee chief heads to Tajikistan next week for a three-day visit to the Central Asian country, which is home to more than 1,700 refugees and asylum-seekers, mainly from Afghanistan.

Call for judges at UN-backed tribunal to investigate more Khmer Rouge crimes

Co-prosecutors at the United Nations-backed tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes in Cambodia in the late 1970s have called for new investigations of possible crimes committed at a security and detention centre in the South-East Asian country during the notorious era.

Maoist army personnel, weapons must stay in cantonments – UN envoy to Nepal

The top United Nations official in Nepal today vowed that the world body would play its part to try to ensure that Maoist army personnel and weapons are contained to the agreed cantonments during the current election campaign for the Constituent Assembly.

Neglect of agriculture in Asia leaves hundreds of millions in poverty – UN report

Chronic neglect of agriculture in Asia and the Pacific has left over 200 million people in extreme poverty amid rising prices for foodstuffs and despite robust growth in other sectors, according to a United Nations report released today.