Asia Pacific

Japan ratifies Kyoto treaty on global warming

The Government of Japan today formally ratified the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, giving greater momentum to international efforts to reduce global warming.

Patience and political prudence needed to ease India-Pakistan tensions – Annan

Warning that all of Asia would feel the effects of a new conflict in the region, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed the need for a measured and prudent approach to ease the current tensions between India and Pakistan.

India, China rapidly expand tuberculosis control, UN health agency reports

India and China, which account for more than one third of the world's tuberculosis (TB) cases, have achieved high rates of case-identification and cure by expanding the implementation of a strategy promoted by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

Negotiators at UN talks in Bali work to resolve differences over financing, trade

Government representatives negotiating a draft action plan for adoption at the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development were working to resolve differences over financing and trade issues, United Nations officials said today as preparations for the forum entered its second and final week in Bali, Indonesia.

Short on funds, UN food agency suspends some projects in Afghanistan

Facing a multi-million dollar funding gap for its work in Afghanistan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to cut back on its projects in the country.

Annan looks to Kazakhstan meeting to defuse India-Pakistan tension

Concerned over escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced hope that a regional security meeting this week in Kazakhstan will help defuse the crisis.