Asia Pacific

UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie visits displaced people in Myanmar’s Kachin state

Oscar-winning actress and United Nations refugee agency Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, travelled yesterday to Myanmar’s Kachin state, where internally displaced persons (IDPs), including a number of women, told her their stories.

Yemen: UN begins food aid distribution in war-torn districts of Aden

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distribution of food to around 340,000 people in eight of the worst-affected areas of the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.

Orangutans face extinction on Borneo where deforestation is ‘simply unsustainable’ – UN

The massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia’s largest island, making it “clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different climate and, eventually, without orangutans, one of our closest relatives,” a new United Nations report revealed today.

New UN-backed plan sets disaster resilience standards for hotels in Asia and Pacific

A United Nations-backed plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, home to 80 per cent of the world's disaster events, has been announced today.

Nepal: children still at risk three months after devastating quake, UNICEF warns

Three months after Nepal's devastating 25 April earthquake and its aftershocks, children continue to face multiple risks as their families have been pushed deeper into poverty and they remain in need of aid, warned the United Nations's Children Fund (UNICEF).

In quake-stricken Nepal, ‘emergency is not over yet,’ warns senior UN relief official

Three months after the first of the devastating earthquakes that hit Nepal, hundreds of thousands of survivors continue to require and rely on urgent humanitarian assistance, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the recovering country said today.

UN rights office renews concern after Cambodian Senate adopts law with ‘chilling effect’ on civil society

A draft law adopted today by Cambodia’s legislative wing “threatens the very existence of a free and independent civil society” and the crucial work that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carry out in the country, the United Nations human rights office has warned.

UN Mission condemns deadly bombing in northern Afghan province

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned the bombing that killed at least 19 civilians and injured at least another 28 in the Almar district of Faryab province.

Senior UN official on refugee protection urges more support to Myanmar’s Rakhine state

Wrapping up a five-day mission to Myanmar, Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection in the United Nations refugee agency called for more concerted support to resolve the plight of displaced people and those with undetermined citizenship in the country.

Afghanistan: UN Mission welcomes establishment of electoral system reform commission

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today welcomed the establishment by the National Unity Government of an Electoral System Reform Commission in the country.