Almost $100 million needed to help feed Indonesia’s poorest, says UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for $98 million to run a three-year project to feed the hungry in Indonesia, where millions of poor children across the South-East Asian archipelago are malnourished.

Indonesia: UN expert hails progress in combating torture, urges further measures

Indonesia has made progress in addressing torture but the practice persists and must be criminalized, an independent United Nations expert just back from the country said today.

Indonesia: UN prepares emergency response to expected volcanic eruption

United Nations relief officials in Indonesia have begun mobilizing staff and emergency medical supplies in eastern Java, where the eruption of Mount Kelud volcano is believed to be imminent.

Indonesia: Ban Ki-moon voices concern over earthquake and possible tsunami

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his deep concern over the potential consequences of today’s earthquake – and the tsunami which may follow – off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

Indonesia improving on human rights, but stronger steps needed – UN expert

Human rights defenders in Indonesia’s province of West Papua continue to face torture, arbitrary detention and harassment from the country’s police, military and security forces, an independent United Nations expert said today after wrapping up a week-long visit to the Asian archipelago, which she said had also taken some positive steps in the legal realm.

UN lauds Indonesia’s crackdown on illegal timber to save orangutans

The United Nations has welcomed efforts by the Indonesian Government to crack down on illegal logging which is both endangering orangutans – one of the world’s few great apes – by destroying their habitat and increasing opportunities for them to be bought and sold illicitly.

Disaster preparedness training saved lives in aftermath of Indonesian quake – UN

United Nations-backed disaster preparedness training reportedly prepared local communities in minimizing casualties following yesterday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, where the Government is currently revising the death toll downwards from 73 to 52 people, the world body’s main humanitarian office said today.

Ban Ki-moon offers aid after deadly quake hits Indonesia; team to arrive soon

Expressing his sadness at a deadly earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra today, killing up to 100 people and injuring over 70 others, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated the world body’s offer of emergency help, while an inter-agency aid team prepared to fly out to the devastated area and specialized UN disaster officers were placed on stand-by.

UN offers up to $2 million from emergency fund for Indonesia flood relief

The top United Nations humanitarian official today released up to $2 million from the world body’s emergency fund to help Indonesia’s Government deal with the deadly floods that have already killed at least 50 people and displaced half a million others in the capital Jakarta and surrounding areas.

Indonesian flood waters recede but fears of water-borne diseases persist – UN

Although the floodwaters have begun to recede in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, where 25 people are confirmed dead and nearly 300,000 others were driven from their homes, according to latest Government figures, clean water remains cut off in many areas and the fear of water-borne diseases persists, the United Nations reported today.