Asia Pacific

New agreement paves way for increased UN food delivery to DPR Korea

A new agreement between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) paves the way for the agency to step up its food assistance to more than five million hungry people in the country.

Recent quake sends shockwaves through China’s agricultural sector – UN

Last month’s earthquake in Sichuan, China, has caused some $6 billion in damage to the province’s agricultural sector, severely affecting over 30 million people in rural communities, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Meeting Japanese leaders, Ban praises Tokyo’s contribution to UN work

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Japanese leaders in Tokyo on Monday and praised the “immense contribution” Japan has made to the work of the United Nations.

Visiting Kyoto, Ban calls for new climate change agreement by end of 2009

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the world must galvanize its will and reach a new agreement on measures to fight climate change by the end of 2009.

Afghan situation worsening, UN relief chief says, urging new approach

The humanitarian situation inside Afghanistan is getting worse, with civilian casualties rising and food prices soaring, the United Nations relief chief said today, calling for the international community to revise its assistance plans to the strife-torn country.

Starting Asia trip, Ban Ki-moon lands in Kyoto, where climate pact was forged

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in the Japanese city of Kyoto, where a major climate change treaty was forged over a decade ago, kicking off a two-week, three-nation official visit to East Asia which will culminate with his participation at the annual summit of Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized countries in Hokkaido early next month.

UN relief chief meets with tribal elders and provincial officials in Afghanistan

The United Nations relief chief today met with local officials and tribal elders in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan on the third day of his visit to assess the humanitarian situation in the impoverished and strife-torn country.

Ensuring independent judiciary key challenge for Pakistan, says UN rights chief

Establishing an independent judiciary and protecting human rights while ensuring national security are among the major challenges currently facing Pakistan, the UN human rights chief said today, adding that she was confident the country has both the resources and resilience to overcome them.

UN agency concerned over refugee return to Laos from Thailand

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has written to the Thai Government expressing concern over the repatriation of 837 Lao Hmong from Thailand last Sunday, saying it has doubts as to the voluntary nature of the return.

Monitoring of child rights violations focus of UN envoy’s visit to Afghanistan

The United Nations advocate for the protection of children caught up in armed conflict will leave tomorrow for a six-day visit to Afghanistan during which she will launch a system to monitor and report on violations of child rights in the battle-scarred nation.