Asia Pacific

Veteran human rights advocate named to lead UN monitoring group in Nepal

Ian Martin, a veteran of United Nations human rights operations, has been named to head a team of UN monitors being deployed to Nepal in the coming weeks to try to establish accountability and prevent further abuses.

Agreement between UN and Cambodia on Khmer Rouge trials takes effect

An agreement between the United Nations and Cambodia to set up a special court to try the ageing leaders of the Khmer Rouge took effect today, paving the way for the tribunal to begin operations.

UN agency marks 30th anniversary of fall of Saigon with refugee success story

On the eve of the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the United Nations refugee agency today highlighted the success story of one of its veteran alumni, a 6-year-old Vietnamese boy who fled in his pyjamas aboard a dangerously overcrowded boat and now works as a doctor improving childbirth practices on the Tibetan plateau.

New UN political mission for Timor-Leste approved

With the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Timor-Leste set to wrap up its work in mid-May, the Security Council today mandated a special political mission to help ensure the nascent country continued its journey toward self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

Secretary-General ends India visit with strong call for UN reform

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today wrapped up his visit to India stressing the urgency to bring about UN reforms and to enhance freedom around the globe by jointly pursuing goals in development, security and human rights.

India teams with UN to fight spread of HIV/AIDS among military personnel

The Government of India and the United Nations agency fighting HIV/AIDS today launched a joint campaign to educate Indian military personnel about the deadly disease.

UN reform, regional security and HIV/AIDS top subjects of Annan's talks in India

Secretary-General Kofi Annan met today with India's top leaders for talks on a range of issues, including United Nations reform, regional security, post-tsunami recovery work and HIV/AIDS.

UN-backed meeting seeks to curb violence against children in Indian Ocean area

In an effort to curb violence against children, experts from five Indian Ocean islands have gathered in Madagascar for a three-day United Nations-backed sub-regional meeting to draw up a plan of action.

Secretary-General meets with UN staff in India

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met with United Nations staffers in India, where he is on an official trip, and will meet with the country’s top leaders tomorrow.

Bird flu outbreak in DPR of Korea contained, UN agency reports

Thanks to the culling of nearly 220,000 infected chickens, vaccination of others and strict biosecurity measures, the recent outbreak of bird flu in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been successfully contained, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.