Asia Pacific

Afghanistan: UN-supported reconstruction fund reaches $1 billion

The three-year-old United Nations-supported Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) has received, as of the end of June, over $1 billion for projects ranging from the recurrent and capital costs of the Government to priority programmes, such as micro-financing, education, power, water supply and sanitation.

Kyrgyzstan: Annan welcomes presidential elections

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the peaceful conduct of yesterday's presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, which had been organized in just three months, with help from United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP), following the resignation of former President Askar Akaev in April.

UN joins Sri Lankan efforts to reduce landmine casualties

As Sri Lankans return to their fields to begin planting and harvesting their crops, the United Nations is supporting a national campaign to prevent them reaping a deadly harvest – hidden mines and other explosives seeded throughout the north and east from decades of war between the Government and Tamil separatists.

UN says a free, fair election in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday is vital to Central Asia

Senior United Nations officials appealed for a free and fair presidential election in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday, saying that it would send a positive signal to the other four countries of Central Asia, a landlocked region with 60 million people in a mosaic of cultures.

Senior UN envoy Brahimi heads to Nepal

As part of the United Nations' ongoing effort to help find a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Nepal, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is sending his Special Adviser, Lakhdar Brahimi, to meet with top officials in the strife-torn Himalayan kingdom.

Pakistan: UN offers assistance for tens of thousands of flood victims

United Nations agencies are rushing assistance to Pakistan where heavy winter snowfall and subsequent unprecedented high temperatures have generated major flooding in northern and north-western regions, threatening some 45,000 people with hunger.

Afghan government invites UN expert on violence against women to visit

The United Nations expert on violence against women is to begin a 10-day fact-finding mission to Afghanistan this weekend at the invitation of the Government of a country where women’s rights were seriously restricted under the Taliban regime ousted four years ago.

Myanmar: UN rights expert welcomes release of political prisoners

The United Nations expert dealing with human rights in Myanmar today welcomed the news of the release yesterday of 249 political prisoners – including politicians, an editor and political party members – from various prisons throughout the South Asian country.

More than 1.5 million Asian children have been orphaned by AIDS, UN says

More than 1.5 million children in Asia and the Pacific have been orphaned by AIDS and many more are living with ill and dying parents, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has told an international congress on AIDS that wound up its sessions in Kobe, Japan, this week.

UN official calls on Cambodia to cancel concession on indigenous land

A United Nations human rights official has called on the Cambodian Government to cancel a land concession to a Chinese-backed company, saying it disregards the interests of indigenous people living there and violates both the law and human rights.