Asia Pacific

UN agency to begin training electoral observers ahead of Solomon Islands polls

Officials from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will this weekend begin training and briefing more than 60 international observers who have arrived in the Solomon Islands to monitor parliamentary elections being staged next week.

Chinese children turn to art in UN environment contest

Millions of schoolchildren in China have demonstrated their concern for the environment by participating in a painting contest, using their artistic creativity to come up with images to illustrate their commitment to conservation, the United Nations environment agency said today.

UN agencies step up efforts as Pakistani floods affect nearly a million people

The number of people affected by severe floods following torrential monsoon rains in north-western Pakistan during the past three days has risen to nearly a million, with hundreds dead and most of the stricken areas cut off, limiting access and relief efforts, the United Nations reported today.

Indonesia commits to boost safety of schools and hospitals in UN-backed scheme

Indonesia today pledged to enhance the safety of more than 3,000 schools and 100 hospitals as part of its commitment to a global United Nations programme to bolster these structures, where poor construction can often lead to the highest death tolls during earthquakes and other disasters.

Investing in education and jobs the key to promoting development in Laos – UN

A new joint report by the United Nations and Laos recommends that authorities in the South-East Asian country invest more in education as well as promote good health and decent jobs to achieve their economic and social development targets.

UN supporting efforts to help victims of Pakistani floods

The United Nations is sending relief supplies to help victims in Pakistan of heavy floods, which are the worst that some parts of the Asian nation have seen in more than eight decades.

UNESCO and Japan join forces to conserve birthplace of Buddha in Nepal

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Japan have partnered to conserve and manage the birthplace of Buddha in southern Nepal.

General Assembly President voices sadness over deadly plane crash in Pakistan

The President of the General Assembly has voiced his sadness after learning of today’s plane crash near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, which has reportedly killed all 152 people aboard the aircraft.

Secretary-General to honour atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Ban Ki-moon is set to become the first United Nations Secretary-General to attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony on the anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima when he visits the southern Japanese city next week.

UN health agency sounds alarm on high obesity in Pacific island nations

Pacific Ocean countries face a severe obesity problem, which is also causing increased rates of heart disease and strokes, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).