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UN relief chief asks Myanmar Government to allow aid deliveries in off-limits area

On a visit to Myanmar, the top United Nations relief official said today the UN’s humanitarian arm is seeking the Government’s permission to access people driven from their homes in parts of the country’s north, in addition to asking for international donor support for people displaced by ethnic inter-communal violence in the west.

Secretary-General offers condolences and UN assistance to typhoon-hit Philippines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness at the loss of life and the serious damage to homes and infrastructure in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Bopha, and said the United Nations stood ready to assist, according to his spokesperson.

Myanmar: UN official urges stepped-up efforts to address humanitarian issues causing instability

The United Nations humanitarian chief today called on the Government of Myanmar to work with the world body and its partners to increase efforts to address the humanitarian issues that are causing continued instability in the country.

Laos ‘extremely vulnerable’ to trafficking by organized crime groups – UN official

Due to its unique position in the Greater Mekong region and its shared borders with five countries, Laos is “extremely vulnerable” to the trafficking of people, illicit drugs and commodities by organized crime groups, a senior United Nations official said today.

Top UN relief official calls on Myanmar’s leaders to support humanitarian efforts

On a visit to a Myanmar state wracked by inter-communal violence, the top United Nations relief official today called on the country’s leaders to support UN and other humanitarian efforts in the region.

Senior UN official wraps up Maldives visit with call for dialogue and credible elections

A senior United Nations official today stressed the need to promote dialogue and ensure free and fair elections in the Maldives, as he wrapped up a three-day visit to assess potential UN support for next year’s presidential polls.

Expressing serious concern, Ban urges DPR Korea to reconsider planned rocket launch

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “seriously concerned” about the announcement of a planned rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and “strongly urges” it to reconsider its decision, according to his spokesperson.

In Bangladesh, UN humanitarian chief commends country’s disaster preparedness

The top United Nations relief official today lauded the Government of Bangladesh’s efforts to enhance its disaster risk reduction, adding that the country boasted one of the most formidable disaster preparedness programmes in the world.

UN agency begins distributing winter aid in Afghanistan as temperatures begin to drop

The United Nations refugee agency has begun distributing winter aid to some 40,000 families which are at risk in the cold weather in remote areas of Afghanistan, as well as the capital, Kabul.

UN relief official calls for boost in humanitarian support for Afghanistan

A senior United Nations official today called on the international community to step up its humanitarian support for Afghanistan to sustain the progress made so far in the country where thousands have suffered through 34 years of conflict and poverty.