Asia Pacific

UN food agency seeks funds to feed over 6 million hungry people in DPR Korea

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed to donors to fund a new $201 million emergency operation to feed 6.4 million vulnerable people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) next year.

Afghanistan: UN food agency conducting national livestock survey

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said it is conducting a national livestock census in Afghanistan in a bid to collect detailed data on the number of animals in the country and its livestock production practices.

Timor-Leste court sentences juvenile for killings after UN-run ballot in 1999

A special court in Timor-Leste today sentenced a juvenile to one year in prison following his conviction last month for the manslaughter of three people during the violence that followed the 1999 popular consultation organized by the United Nations.

Afghanistan: marking anniversary of Bonn accord, UN envoy sees progress, challenges

Nearly one year to the day after various Afghan factions signed a milestone accord paving the way for a political transition in their war-ravaged country, a senior United Nations official today hailed the progress achieved since then while underscoring the ongoing challenge of maintaining security.

New UN project aims to rehabilitate housing for thousands of Afghans

The United Nations today announced the launch of a new project that aims to rehabilitate housing for thousands of families in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Timor-Leste: UN envoy hails new report on policing needs

Timor-Leste requires added funding to boost its law enforcement operations, the senior United Nations envoy to the country said today, endorsing the findings of a new report on the country's policing needs.

UN expert on indigenous rights to visit Philippines

A United Nations expert on the rights of indigenous peoples today announced plans to head to the Philippines on Monday to assess the situation there.

UN reports improved security in Afghanistan as disarmament picks up pace

The disarmament process in Afghanistan is picking up pace, according to a spokesman for the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country.

New UN publication warns of severe hardship for millions of workers in Asia

Five years after the 1997 financial crisis, many workers in Southeast Asia are just one paycheque away from extreme poverty, according to a new publication by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Security Council authorizes 1-year extension of international force in Afghanistan

With the situation in Afghanistan still constituting a threat to global peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today authorized the extension of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the country until 20 December 2003.