Asia Pacific

UN agency seeks $28 million to fund health plan after Myanmar cyclone

The United Nations health agency is calling for $28 million to fund a six-month action plan to help survivors of this month's catastrophic cyclone in Myanmar and to support efforts to rebuild the country's health-care system.

Police killing of three protesters in Nepal prompts UN human rights probe

United Nations human rights official in Nepal announced today that it would open an investigation into the killing of three people and the wounding of seven others by Nepalese police after protesters threw rocks and stones during a demonstration in the far west of the country.

Myanmar: UN welcomes increased access for international aid workers

The United Nations today welcomed the Myanmar Government’s decision to allow more international aid workers into the hardest-hit areas in the country to support the ongoing recovery effort after Cyclone Nargis.

Ban to attend international conference on Afghan reconstruction

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the International Conference on Afghanistan being staged in Paris on 12 June as part of international efforts to help with reconstruction and development in the Asian country.

Sri Lanka: UN humanitarian chief condemns attacks on civilians

The United Nations’ top humanitarian official today condemned the continuing targeting of civilians during fighting in Sri Lanka, saying that more than 200 civilian lives have been lost in the country since the beginning of the year.

UNESCO chief deplores murder of Pakistani journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of a Pakistani journalist, who was shot dead last week after interviewing a member of the country’s Taliban movement.

Myanmar: top UN officials call for release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Top United Nations officials today expressed their disappointment over the decision by the Government of Myanmar to extend the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ban Ki-moon congratulates Nepal on Constituent Assembly’s first meeting

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Nepal on the “historic” first meeting of the Asian nation’s Constituent Assembly.

UN urges donors to fund relief efforts in Myanmar without delay

The United Nations is urging donors to turn pledges into contributions and to commit funds to the Myanmar relief effort without delay, now that visas for all international UN personnel have been approved.

Aral Sea problems will only be fixed by regional cooperation, UN stresses

Resolving the problems caused by the drying out of the Aral Sea, which has shrunk drastically in size in recent decades because of the inefficient use of water resources and climate change, will only happen when the countries of Central Asia work together, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says.