Asia Pacific

East Timor: 600 more refugees return home from West Timor, UN mission says

Hundreds of East Timorese have returned from West Timor refugee camps as the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) continued its ongoing efforts to encourage their repatriation.

Poverty, health - big challenges for Asia-Pacific region, UN official tells meeting

Poverty and health concerns top the agenda of a conference between leaders of Asia-Pacific sub-regional organizations and the United Nations regional economic and social commission, which opened today in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Afghanistan: Brahimi to start consultations in Pakistan on Monday

The United Nations chief envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, was set to leave New York today on his way to the region for a series of high-level consultations on the future of the war-torn country, UN officials said on Friday.

Climate of impunity leads to rights violations in Afghanistan: UN report

With world attention focusing on the worsening humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the massive refugee flows and internal displacement highlight the need to work towards a settlement that addresses the root causes of conflict and human rights violations in the country, a United Nations expert writes in a report released today at UN Headquarters.

First East Timor defence force battalion inaugurated as UN welcomes the move

In a move welcomed by the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET), the first East Timor Defence Force (ETDF) battalion was formally inaugurated today at a ceremony at which its Australian-built facility was officially handed over to the people of East Timor.

DPR of Korea: UN food agencies predict good harvest but say aid may still be needed

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea could experience its best harvest in six years, but domestic food production is still under par and the country will likely require outside aid next year, two United Nations agencies said today.

UN and Uzbekistan agree on sending aid to Afghanistan through Termez River

The Government of Uzbekistan has agreed to allow the United Nations, for the first time since 1998, to use the Termez River port to move humanitarian goods to Afghanistan, a senior UN official announced today.

Famine threat looms in Afghanistan, UN warns

The deepening food crisis in Afghanistan is threatening the country's people with mass starvation, according to a special report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

UN-backed meeting to focus on ways of creating 'people-centred' cities

Representatives of the most active network of local authorities and other urban-related organizations in Asia and the Pacific will gather later this month in Bangkok at a United Nations-backed Congress to discuss how to involve the poor in creating better cities.

Iran: UN team to establish recovery plan for flood-affected areas

A team of United Nations experts has returned from flood-ravaged areas of Iran and begun work on a recovery and rehabilitation plan, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.