Asia Pacific

UN agencies to step up assistance in wake of floods in the Philippines

United Nations humanitarian agencies have been asked to provide enough food, medical supplies, latrines and other items to help up to 180,000 people hit by widespread floods on the Philippine island of Mindanao.

US troop withdrawal marks ‘transition’ for Afghans, Ban says

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed United States President Barack Obama’s decision to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan as the “beginning of a transition” for the Afghan Government.

UN agencies work with Philippine authorities to assist flood-affected families

United Nations aid agencies are supplying blankets, plastic mats and tarpaulins to families on the Philippine island of Mindanao, where floods have displaced nearly 400,000 people this month.

UN-backed Asia-Pacific forum discusses social, environmental protection in cities

Delegates from governments, civil society, private sector and academia in the Asia-Pacific region gathered in Bangkok today for a United Nations-convened forum to discuss ways of ensuring that urban economic prosperity is socially equitable and ecologically sustainable.

Japanese accident offers lessons for world on nuclear safety – UN team

The accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power station after the earthquake and tsunami in March offers lessons for the whole world on how to improve nuclear safety, according to the United Nations fact-finding mission that carried out a recent assessment.

Indian wildlife sanctuary lifted from UNESCO’s list of endangered heritage

Citing “significant improvements in preservation,” the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) said today that it has withdrawn India’s Manas Wildlife Sanctuary from its List of World Heritage in Danger.

Green growth critical to Asia-Pacific food and energy security, UN says

Asia-Pacific countries can cushion themselves against food and fuel price shocks and natural disasters by more efficient use of resources and energy, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said today.

Head of UN agency defending press freedom deplores murder of Indian journalist

The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today condemned the recent murder of an Indian journalist whose killing is believed to be linked to his reporting about the oil mafia in the western city of Mumbai.

UN agency signs accord with Asian countries on fighting drugs and crime

The United Nations and a group of Asian countries have signed an accord to promote cooperation in fighting drug trafficking, organized crime, human trafficking and international terrorism, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has announced.

UN rejects allegations that it interfered in work of Cambodian genocide court

The United Nations today rejected media reports that it instructed judges at the tribunal in Cambodia dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago to dismiss its third case, stressing that the court is an independent body.