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

  • The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) has opened a new regional office in Qalat, Zabul, in the south of the country, where a growing insurgency threatens stability, as part of its efforts to work with Afghans to boost development and monitor human rights.
    UN News Centre on 17 August 2006
  • With thousands of children returning to school in Tajikistan in the first week of September as usual, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working to ensure that those living in areas hit by a recent earthquake will be able to learn despite the devastation wrought by the disaster.
    UN News Centre on 17 August 2006
  • While the world’s top soccer players duel it out on the manicured playing fields of Germany in football’s World Cup, aspiring stars in Afghanistan are honing their skill on the dirt pitches of the violence-wracked country thanks to hundreds of footballs donated by staff of the United Nations mission there.
    UN News Centre on 21 June 2006
  • Raising his voice once again in defence of freedom of the press, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of a Pakistani journalist as “heinous crime” against a basic human right.
    UN News Centre on 21 June 2006
  • Miriam Yeung Chin Wah, the famous Chinese pop singer from Hong Kong, has agreed to take on a new two-year term as Special Representative for UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, a role she has held since 2000.
    UN News Centre on 20 June 2006
  • Proclaiming a message of “zero tolerance” for child sex tourism in Sri Lanka, the United Nations is supporting a two-year action plan launched by the country’s tourist board to stop such exploitation, targeting visitors, children and adolescents, hoteliers, journalists, families and community leaders.
    UN News Centre on 20 June 2006
  • The United Nations regional commission for development in Asia today announced it had reached an historical agreement with the national water utility of the Republic of Korea to promote regional cooperation in water resources and risk management in natural disasters.
    UN News Centre on 20 June 2006
  • By the end of the year at least 30 per cent of seats on all public buses in Afghanistan will be reserved for women under an ambitious United Nations-backed programme launched in a country where drivers now speed past stops if only women are waiting while men refuse to give up seats for women and barge past them to board.
    UN News Centre on 7 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
  • 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
  • After decreasing by 21 per cent in 2005, the cultivated area of opium in Afghanistan, the world’s largest supplier of the drug from which heroin is produced, looks likely to rise this year, a United Nations spokesman said today.
    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