Humanitarian issues top talks between Secretary-General and Pakistani leader

Humanitarian conditions in north-western Pakistan, the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan and the inquiry into the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto topped the agenda during talks between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

Ban sounds alarm on ‘reprehensible’ suicide attack in northwest Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s “reprehensible” suicide car bomb attack, reportedly claiming more than 30 lives and injuring dozens of others, at a village market in north-western Pakistan.

More than 100,000 people uprooted by clashes in north-west Pakistan – UN

With more than 100,000 people driven from their homes by fighting in the north-western Pakistani region of Waziristan, the United Nations has continued to rush assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Pakistan: UN steps up struggle to get children back to school after mass displacement

A shortfall of around $20 million in educational funding is hampering efforts to get Pakistani children back to school in the aftermath of the mass exodus in the north-west of the country during the recent conflict in the area, the United Nations humanitarian arm announced today.

Focus of Pakistan aid efforts swing to areas of return, reports UN

The massive emergency aid effort in north-west Pakistan has shifted focus from areas hosting civilians displaced by the Government’s military operation against militants to places of return, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Pakistan: UN voices concern over destruction of health facilities

With many health centres in north-western Pakistan having been destroyed or looted during recent clashes between Government forces and militants, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed apprehension about supporting the 1.5 million uprooted people returning to their homes.

UN agencies discuss early recovery efforts with Pakistani authorities

United Nations officials have wrapped up a mission to Swat district in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) to discuss the strengthening of humanitarian assistance to those uprooted by military operations in the region, as well as early recovery efforts.

Veteran French diplomat named UN special envoy for assistance to Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the current French Ambassador to the United Nations as his Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, a newly-created position, it was announced today.

Pakistani returns to north-west top 1 million, reports UN

Around 1.6 million of the over 2 million people displaced by conflict in Pakistan’s north-west have returned to their villages, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today, citing Government figures.

FEATURE: Pakistani host families play crucial role in UN aid efforts

Their names may not make headlines or their faces grace television screens, but to United Nations officials and hundreds of thousands of their fellow Pakistanis, people such as Haji Akbar and Shahzaman are the true heroes of what is one of the largest displacement crises in the world today.