Asia Pacific

UN stresses key role of communications in mitigating impact of disasters

Aware that communications can make the difference between life and mass death in a natural disaster, the United Nations today opened a four-day workshop for the Asia-Pacific region to streamline that key element in the overall strategy to mitigate the impact of natural catastrophes that it launched after the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

No firm link yet between human-caused global warming and intensity of cyclones – UN

Despite a recent increase in dangerous typhoons and hurricanes, no firm link can yet be drawn between human-induced climate change and variations in intensity and frequency of tropical cyclones, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported, citing a consensus of 125 leading researchers and forecasters.

UN demands protection for Sri Lankan civilians under fire from deadly shelling

The top United Nations official in strife-torn Sri Lanka has called on both sides in the conflict to urgently protect civilians in Vaharai in the east of the island, after five days of deadly shelling that has killed an unknown number, left dozens wounded and forced thousands to flee their homes.

Annan calls on all sides in Indonesia’s Aceh province to respect landmark election results

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the first local election in Indonesia’s Aceh province since last year’s peace deal was signed between separatists and the Government, as he called on all sides to abide by the poll results and build on the agreement that ended almost 30 years of conflict.

Independent UN rights expert urges Republic of Korea to protect migrants, foreign wives

An independent United Nations rights expert today called on the Republic of Korea to take further steps to expand the rights of foreign wives of its nationals and voiced concern over discriminatory measures against migrants.

Secretary-General welcomes resumption of six-party talks on Korean nuclear issue

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed news that the six-party talks aimed at achieving a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula are scheduled to resume later this month.

Afghanistan: UN envoy hails launch of reconciliation action plan

The senior United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today hailed the launch of an Action Plan on Peace, Reconciliation and Justice and pledged the world body's support in carrying it out.

UN in Timor-Leste arrests 17 people after coming under attack in the town of Bidau

Continuing United Nations efforts to bring stability to Timor-Leste, police officers assisted by a New Zealand Defence force unit this week arrested 17 people after coming under attack at a police post in the town of Bidau, possibly linked to gang rivalries.

Viet Nam becomes a pilot country for UN efforts to reform and improve efficiency

As part of ongoing United Nations efforts to make itself more efficient and responsive to national needs, Viet Nam today was selected as the first pilot country in the “One UN” reform programme, involving six UN agencies working more closely together to avoid duplication and fragmentation.

Experienced Filipino becomes Police Commissioner of UN mission in Timor-Leste

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) has announced that a senior police adviser from the Philippines has been appointed as the Mission’s new Police Commissioner.