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Latest news on the Asia-Pacific region from the United Nations

  • The United Nation refugee agency's fifth season of assisted returns to Afghanistan from Pakistan, expected to reach 400,000 this year, has begun amid some uncertainty and indecision among refugees.
    UN News Centre on 6 March 2006
  • Amid findings released today showing that aid donors are overlooking Asia in favour of Africa, the head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) told high-level delegates at a London conference that the region should get “a better deal.”
    UN News Centre on 6 March 2006
  • The United Nations today expressed shock at the “cowardly” murder of an Afghan national contracted by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN HABITAT), who was dragged from the car he was travelling in and shot dead on Saturday.
    UN News Centre on 6 March 2006
  • Serious outbreaks of acute diarrhoea in areas devastated by Pakistan's earthquake are highlighting the need for scaled up efforts to provide safe water and sanitation in makeshift camps and for more funding for the Government, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today.
    UN News Centre on 9 November 2005
  • Stepping up relief to the victims of Pakistan's devastating earthquake, the United Nations and the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration (IOM) now have 300 staff in the disaster area, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.
    UN News Centre on 8 November 2005
  • The "extraordinary" international response to last December's Indian Ocean tsunami was driven in part by press coverage, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said today, contrasting that experience with the recent earthquake in Pakistan, where the media spotlight did not shine as brightly.
    UN News Centre on 7 November 2005
  • In the wake of the devastating earthquake in the Himalayan foothills a month ago, some 3 million people are spending their 30th night in the open while relief workers are continuing a "marathon sprint" to save lives as the mercury begins to drop to harsh winter levels, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said today in New York.
    UN News Centre on 7 November 2005
  • The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that an MI-26, the world’s largest helicopter capable of lifting 10 times the previous loads, has started flying relief supplies into areas hit hardest the devastating Pakistani earthquake, but more international funding is still urgently needed.
    UN News Centre on 3 November 2005
  • The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons today had a “constructive” meeting with a senior Iranian official on ways to resolve issues over the country’s nuclear programme.
    UN News Centre on 26 August 2005
  • The residual United Nations mission in Timor-Leste is placing special emphasis on setting up a framework for sustainable international development assistance by the end of its mandate next May, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report.
    UN News Centre on 24 August 2005
  • With preparations for Afghanistan’s legislative elections taking place in the shadow of escalating violence, the United Nations Security Council today condemned “terrorist acts or other forms of violence” aimed at disrupting the political process, and called on the international community to make up a nearly $30 million shortfall to fund the poll.
    UN News Centre on 23 August 2005
  • Despite the positive impact of campaigning and voter registration ahead of Afghanistan’s parliamentary and provincial elections, the joint United Nations-Afghan team is urging national and international security forces to respond quickly to keep the process on track, amid escalating violence against candidates, election workers and others.
    UN News Centre on 22 August 2005
  • United Nations officials today described the recently ended observer mission in Bougainville as an overall success that helped lead to the end of the violence in the province which had fought a years-long secessionist fight against Papua New Guinea.
    UN News Centre on 22 August 2005