Asia Pacific

Brahimi welcomes US commitment to Afghanistan

Attending a meeting in Kabul today between the Chairman of the Afghan Interim Administration and the United States Secretary of State, a senior United Nations official welcomed Washington’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan.

UN drug control office welcomes Afghan ban on opium poppy cultivation

Welcoming Afghanistan’s new ban on all opium poppy cultivation, the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) today said the prohibition represented a “very important step” in international efforts to control the illicit narcotics trade.

UN official says US-held Taliban, Al Qaida suspects deserve legal protection

The top United Nations human rights official today underscored that international legal protections apply to suspected terrorists being held by the United States.

UN food agency seeks $2.1 million to help Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a $2.1 million appeal to help refugees from Myanmar living in camps in Bangladesh, where they depend on outside assistance to survive.

Working with Ericsson, UN sets up mobile telephone service in Afghanistan

As the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan continued high-level talks in Kabul today, Ericsson and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) worked to set up a complete mobile telecommunications network dedicated to supporting UN humanitarian operations in the war-ravaged country, UN officials said.

UN-backed anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan gain momentum

A senior United Nations drug control official today reported new progress in the war against drugs flowing out of Afghanistan, as the country's interim leader issued a decree banning the production of poppy.

Security Council revises list of Afghanistan sanctions to target Al-Qaida network

The Security Council today revised its list of sanctions against Afghanistan to target the Al-Qaida network and its supporters.

UN appeals for urgent funds to help Afghan Interim Administration

As donors gear up for a conference in Tokyo next week on Afghanistan’s long-term needs, United Nations officials today urged funding to address the country’s immediate and practical concerns.

Improved security eases UN aid effort in Afghanistan, but snow hampers delivery

Improved security has facilitated the United Nations relief effort in Afghanistan, but relief workers must clear accumulating snow in order to deliver aid to parts of the war-ravaged country, UN officials said today.

UN estimates Afghanistan will need $15 billion for ten-year reconstruction effort

The reconstruction of Afghanistan is expected to cost about $15 billion over the next decade, according to a preliminary report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.