Asia Pacific

East Timor set to gain statehood at stroke of midnight on Sunday

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, is scheduled to arrive in Dili, East Timor, on Sunday for the start of the nation's celebration of independence, which takes place at the stroke of midnight.

UN envoy encouraged by donor response to Afghanistan's security needs

Following a donor meeting on security sector reform in Afghanistan, the top United Nations envoy for the country said he was encouraged by the response by representatives of some 40 nations attending the conference in Geneva.

Nomads select district representatives for Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga, UN reports

Close to 1,000 nomads representing 12 tribes from provinces in central and south-central Afghanistan have chosen six district representatives for Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, or tribal council, according to the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA).

East Timor: UN envoy, President-elect Gusmão participate in symbolic handover

With just four days left before East Timor's independence, the head of the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) today met with President-elect Xanana Gusmão to symbolically hand over the keys to his office at the Government headquarters building in Dili.

Return of Afghan school children to exceed all expectations, UN survey shows

Preliminary results of a United Nations survey of Kabul’s primary schools shows that the return to education by youngsters following the start of the new term in March has exceeded all expectations.

Opening annual session, UN commission for Asia-Pacific looks to strengthen its role

Gathering today in Bangkok for the start of the annual session of the United Nations regional commission for Asia and the Pacific, government officials are expected to take up proposals to restructure the way the agency operates and streamline its activities, in addition to tackling economic and social issues affecting the area.

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran to launch landmark development partnership: UN

In an effort to bolster long-term prospects for Afghanistan, the Governments of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan have agreed to pursue a groundbreaking joint partnership for development, economic cooperation and trade, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today.

Myanmar: release of Aung San Suu Kyi 'a notable development,' UN envoy says

Myanmar's recent release of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi - although just one part of the national reconciliation process - was "a notable development," the senior United Nations envoy for the South-East Asian nation said today in New York.

UN Postal Administration issues stamps to mark East Timor’s independence

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has announced that it will issue a set of stamps to mark East Timor’s independence next week.

East Timor: donors pledge $360 million to support three-year development plan

Meeting at an event co-chaired by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), governments and aid agencies today pledged over $360 million to support economic development in the soon-to-be independent nation over the next three years.