Asia Pacific

UN agency welcomes Cambodia's decision to accept refugees from Vietnam

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed concern at an outflow of hilltribe people from Viet Nam and welcomed Cambodia's decision to grant them temporary asylum.

Children in East Asia and Pacific unaware of dangers of HIV, UNICEF warns

Children and adolescents in East Asia and the Pacific are generally optimistic about the future, but many appear woefully unprepared to deal with the rapidly growing threat of HIV/AIDS in the region, according to the results of a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) survey released today in New York.

West Timor: UN officials dismayed by light sentences for killers of aid workers

Two top United Nations officials have expressed their disappointment at the light sentences handed down by a Jakarta court to six men accused of involvement in the brutal killing of three UN aid workers last September in West Timor.

Funds urgently needed to stem Afghanistan's displacement crisis: UN official

Funds are urgently needed to stem Afghanistan's growing displacement crisis, which is being fuelled by the twin scourges of severe drought and intensifying civil war, a senior United Nations official said today.

UN commission for Western Asia adopts regional transport agreement

In a bid to achieve regional integration, the 12 member countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) today adopted a transport agreement aimed at developing and harmonizing international roads in the region.

United Nations to continue peace-building in Tajikistan through mid-2002

The United Nations will continue its peace-building efforts in Tajikistan, consolidating reconciliation in the country that "still bears the tragic traces of civil war," according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

Asian Development Bank, UN agency join forces against poverty

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today entered into a new strategic partnership to strengthen poverty reduction initiatives in Asia and the Pacific.

UN to close political offices in Taliban-controlled parts of Afghanistan

Following recent high-level contacts between the United Nations and the Taliban, the UN has agreed to close a number of its political offices in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the world body said today.

Registration of political parties begins in East Timor

The registration of political parties and independent candidates for the upcoming election to East Timor's Constituent Assembly began on a positive note today, the United Nations Interim Administration in the territory said, citing electoral officials.

Annan calls sentences in West Timor killings "wholly unacceptable"

Secretary-General Kofi Annan was "shocked" to learn of the light sentences handed down by a Jakarta court today to six men in connection with the murders of United Nations relief workers last year in West Timor, according to a statement issued today by his spokesman.