Asia Pacific

UN rights expert calls on Viet Nam to ensure pluralistic cultural expression

Now that Viet Nam has made great strides in economic development, it is time to increase opportunities for public debate and better protect ethnic, artistic and academic freedom of expression, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.

UN agencies promote breastfeeding to protect babies in typhoon-hit Philippines

United Nations agencies are promoting breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children in the wake of the disaster wrought on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) earlier this month.

UN agency names cricket ‘Blaster’ as ambassador for hygiene, sanitation in South Asia

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is going to bat for hygiene and sanitation in South Asian, promoting the use of toilets and hand washing, the United Nations children’s agency today announced.

China’s path to green economy fraught with challenges, finds joint UN-Government report

China is facing significant environmental and social challenges that must be addressed if it is to achieve its sustainable development goals, according to a joint report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government.

Philippines: over 30,000 targeted in UN-supported polio, measles vaccination campaign

A mass campaign to vaccinate children in Tacloban – the Philippine city hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan – has begun in evacuation centres and in communities using mobile health teams with support from United Nations agencies.

Concerned by rising tensions in Bangkok, UN chief urges dialogue to resolve political differences

Concerned by rising political tensions in Bangkok, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on all sides to refrain from violence, respect the rule of law and “to resolve their differences through genuine dialogue and peaceful means.”

With food still priority in typhoon-hit Philippines, UN boosts relief efforts

The United Nations is mustering planes, ferries and trucks to boost its relief efforts in the Philippines, with food still a priority almost three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan ripped into the country, killing over 5,230 people and affecting more than 13 million others, nearly 3.5 million of them left homeless.

Australia’s transfer of asylum-seekers to Pacific islands faulted in UN reports

Asylum-seekers transferred from Australia to Pacific island processing centres, including survivors of torture and trauma and unaccompanied children, are living in arbitrary detention and harsh physical conditions that do not meet international standards, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

New UN programme aims to resuscitate economy in typhoon-hit Philippines

As part of its relief response to the massive devastation in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan, the United Nations has launched a cash-for-work programme that will eventually employ 200,000 villagers over the next six months.

UN rights experts urge Malaysia to reverse decision to restrict use of ‘Allah’ to Muslims

Several independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the Malaysian Government to reverse its decision to ban a Catholic publication from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God, warning that the case may have far-reaching implications for religious minorities in the country.