UNESCO chief condemns murder of Pakistani journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with protecting the freedom of expression today condemned the killing of a Pakistani journalist, Abdost Rind, in the south-western province of Balochistan, and voiced concern over the safety of media professionals in the country.

UN development chief pledges continued support for post-flood recovery in Pakistan

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has promised to continue supporting the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to rebuild infrastructure and restore the social services and livelihoods destroyed by last year’s massive floods.

Pakistan needs to invest more in disaster risk reduction, says UN official

Pakistan is at risk of increased loss of lives, property and livelihoods in future if it fails to invest in disaster preparedness, the top United Nations official on disaster risk reduction, Margareta Wahlström, said today at the end of a five-day visit to the South Asian country.

Late US diplomat Holbrooke a shining example of what UN can be, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today held up veteran United States diplomat Richard Holbrooke, who died in December, as a steadfast friend of the United Nations and a shining example of what the Organization can aspire to be.

Ban ‘appalled’ by reported use of minor in Pakistan suicide bombing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “appalled” by reports that a minor was used to carry out today’s suicide attack on an army recruitment centre in Mardan in north-west Pakistan that led to numerous deaths and injuries, his spokesperson said.

As temperatures plummet, UNICEF rushes supplies to vulnerable Pakistanis

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is rushing essential supplies by helicopter to thousands of people in Pakistan who after surviving last year’s devastating floods are now at risk from plummeting winter temperatures.

Fighting in north-west Pakistan may displace up to 90,000 people – UN refugee agency

The UN refugee agency today warned that military operations against insurgents in the north-west region of Pakistan known as Mohmand agency could displace up to 90,000 people by the end of February if the fighting intensifies.