Asia Pacific

Afghanistan: Security Council mission stresses need for security, but remains optimistic

Highlighting Afghanistan’s “precarious” security situation, caused by the growing insurgency and terrorist activity linked to the illegal drug trade, the United Nations Security Council today urged the Government and donors to do more to bring peace and safeguard human rights, but remained upbeat on the overall development strategy.

UN assessment team to visit Nepal from Monday to plan for full-fledged mission

As part of United Nations efforts to help Nepal build on last month’s landmark peace deal, an assessment team will arrive in the Himalayan country on Monday for a week-long mission to prepare for a fully-fledged UN operation, a spokesman said today.

Security Council calls for swift and peaceful restoration of Fijian Government

Deploring this week’s coup d’état in Fiji, the Security Council today called for the peaceful restoration of the South Pacific nation’s democratically elected government as early as possible.

Afghanistan: UN study paints generally positive picture of refugee returns

A majority of the 4.7 million Afghan refugees who have returned home since the ouster of the hard-line Taliban regime in 2001 feel optimistic about the future even as they believe they are worse off economically than their neighbours, according to a United Nations-commissioned study which cites concerns over future absorption capacity.

Timor-Leste: Annan appoints UN veteran from India as new Special Representative

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed an Indian veteran of United Nations operations in Timor-Leste as his new Special Representative for the small South-East Asian nation, which was shaken earlier this year by violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions.

Fiji must abide by global obligations on rights, fundamental freedoms: UN rights chief

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today called on Fiji to guarantee fundamental freedoms for its people, and also abide by international obligations covering civil, political and other rights, as she expressed concern following the recent coup.

Philippines: UN rushes in relief supplies for flood victims after Typhoon Durian

United Nations agencies are rushing relief supplies for victims of floods and mudslides in the Philippines, where at least 526 people have been killed, more than 1000 wounded and 740 reported missing in the wake of Typhoon Durian, which totally destroyed 80,000 homes, damaged more than 150,000 others and affected 1.5 million overall.

Condemning coup in Fiji, Annan urges return to constitutional rule

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today deplored the coup d’état in Fiji, calling for the immediate reinstatement of the Pacific island nation’s legitimate authority.

Former US President Clinton visits Asia for last time as UN tsunami envoy

Former United States President Bill Clinton starts his last visit to Asia today as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, making stops in India, Thailand and Indonesia to review rebuilding progress after the ravages of the 2004 disaster that killed over 230,000 people and affected more than 12 countries in the region.

Philippines: UN offers full support following deadly typhoon

The United Nations today offered full support to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Durian, in which 198 people are so far confirmed dead and 260 missing, with more than 25,000 others affected by floodwaters that have reportedly reached 10 feet in some areas.