Asia Pacific

UN provides emergency aid to Afghans affected by recent military operations

A United Nations team has delivered emergency relief assistance to some 900 people in the country's western Herat province who were affected the recent military operations which the world body said resulted in the deaths of numerous civilians, including many children.

Melbourne books its place in UN cultural network of cities

Melbourne has been declared a City of Literature by the United Nations cultural agency, joining a global network of cities set up to promote their cultural, social and economic development in fields ranging from gastronomy to music to folk art.

Efforts to bridge Afghanistan’s digital divide gets boost from UN

A new agreement between the United Nations and the Afghan Government will help boost efforts to narrow the gap between those in the South Asian nation who benefit from the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and those who do not.

International adoption in Nepal creates conditions for child abuse – UN agency

The intercountry adoption business in Nepal has created a culture of child abuse including the abduction, trafficking and sale of children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a non-governmental organization (NGO) said in a report released today.

India: Ban expresses sadness for deaths and damage caused by floods

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his sadness upon hearing of the death and property damage caused by devastating flooding – the worst in five decades – in Bihar state, in India's north-east.

Philippines: UN agency boosting food aid to over 200,000 displaced by conflict

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is scaling up food assistance to more than 220,000 people displaced by fighting in southern Mindanao between Philippine Government troops and forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Afghan repatriation tops agenda of UN refugee chief’s visit to Pakistan

The top United Nations refugee official today wrapped up a three-day visit to Pakistan, during which the Government agreed to revise a plan for the repatriation of the nearly 2 million remaining Afghan refugees in the country that was due to end next year.

Ban applauds States for tackling terrorism and extremism in Eurasia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised an intergovernmental organization for its commitment to combating terrorism and extremism, as well as confronting the complex challenges posed by separatism across Eurasia.

Nepal’s ‘remarkable’ peace needs international support – UN envoy

Nepal deserves credit for the “remarkable” success of its peace process since its civil war ended two years ago, but now its energies must focus on overcoming poverty and discrimination, the chief United Nations official in the Asian country said today.

UNICEF rushes aid in wake of destructive floods in north-eastern India

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping to alleviate the situation in Bihar state in north-eastern India, where 1.4 million people have been affected by severe flooding.