Asia Pacific

Afghan cholera outbreak under control, says UN health agency

The cholera outbreak that started earlier this month in central Afghanistan is now under control, the United Nations and its partners reported today, stressing that early detection and collaboration among key actors were key to averting a public health crisis.

Viet Nam: UN expert urges stepped-up efforts to combat poverty

While Viet Nam has made considerable strides in curbing poverty in the past 20 years, efforts must be ramped up to ensure that no one is left behind as the Asian nation continues its economic growth, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today.

Top UN officials call for scaling up assistance to Pakistan’s flood victims

Top United Nations officials today urged the international community to boost their support for Pakistan’s flood victims, especially for the health and well-being of women and children who make up 70 per cent of the nearly 18 million people affected by the disaster.

UN advocate Angelina Jolie calls for greater support for Pakistani flood victims

The United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and award-winning Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie appealed today for the public to step up their financial support for the efforts of aid agencies to bring humanitarian relief to the millions of Pakistanis suffering as a result of the devastating floods that have inundated much of the country.

UN experts conclude polio surveillance in assessed Afghan areas is effective

In an effort to assess the effectiveness of polio surveillance in Afghanistan, a group of experts from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) have spent a week in villages across the country examining a system used to detect the paralysing disease in children under the age of 15.

Health needs of flood-hit communities in Pakistan remain high – UN

Providing health services to millions of people affected by the massive flooding in Pakistan remains a priority for humanitarian agencies, as a large numbers of those affected by the disaster continue to seek treatment for diseases such as diarrhoea, skin infections, respiratory problems and malaria, the United Nations health agency says.

Joint UN-NGO conference in Australia to focus on global health

The joint conference of the United Nations department of public information and non-governmental organizations, which gets under way in Australia tomorrow, will this year focus on global health in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aiming to attract greater participation of civil society from the Asia-Pacific region.

UN urges Nepal to obey court ruling on outlawing forced disappearance

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal today urged the Asian country's Government to swiftly implement the landmark Supreme Court decision of 2007 that required the State to enact a law to criminalize forced disappearance of people.

UN condemns killing of poll candidate and campaign workers in Afghanistan

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan today condemned the killing of a fourth parliamentary election candidate in the western province of Herat and the murder of five men supporting the electoral campaign of a female candidate in the same region.

More than 100,000 Afghans returned home this year, reports UN agency

The number of Afghan refugees voluntarily returning home from Pakistan and Iran has topped 100,000 so far this year, the United Nations reported today, noting that this is almost twice as many as in 2009.