UN CALLING ASIA: Situation in Golan Heights "challenging", says UN observer force chief

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UNDOF peacekeepers patrol Golan Heights. UN Photo/Wolfgang Grebien

The situation in the Golan Heights remains challenging but the new head of the UN observer force in the area is hopeful it will improve.

The demilitarized buffer zone between Israel and Syria was established in 1973 after the Arab-Israeli war.

The 10,000 strong UN Disengagement Observer Force or UNDOF, is responsible for monitoring the ceasefire between the two countries.

Recently there has been an escalation of military activity in the area because of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The new Force Commander of UNDOF, Major General Purna Chandra Thapa of Nepal, spoke to May Yaacoub about the security situation.  

Access to safe drinking water is still a problem in Asia Pacific. Photo: UNICEF (file)

Asia and Pacific countries still face challenges in fighting poverty

A number of countries in the Asia and Pacific region are still struggling to eliminate poverty and promote development, according to the UN.

Haoliang Xu, the UN Development Programme's director for the region was recently in New York to present a report looking at development challenges.

Hao Cheng caught up with Assistant Secretary-General Haoliang Xu who began by talking about the socio-economic situation in the region.

Protecting and Developing Traditional Papermaking Skills. Photo: Video caption/World Bank

Chinese papermaking art receives international support

The traditional art of papermaking in China is being kept alive thanks, in part, to a World Bank project.

The technique dates back over 1,000 years and is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage of China.

The Bank is now supporting the preservation of ancient papermaking sites and demonstration households, as Diana Chung reports.

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