Asia Pacific

Annan condemns Afghanistan attacks that killed reconstruction official and others

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the recent series of violent attacks in Afghanistan which took the lives of an official of a Canadian reconstruction team and an unconfirmed number of other civilian and military personnel.

Reacting to worsening security in Sri Lanka, Annan urges respect for ceasefire

Responding to the deteriorating security situation in Sri Lanka, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the country’s Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to support the ceasefire and resume talks.

Former US President Bush in Pakistan as UN envoy to spotlight earthquake victims

ormer United States President George Herbert Walker Bush, who is also Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the South Asian Earthquake Disaster, arrived in Pakistan today to spotlight the plight of victims.

As bad weather looms, UN agency steps up aid efforts for Pakistan quake victims

With heavy rain and snow expected any day now in those areas of northern Pakistan hit by a deadly earthquake in October, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up its efforts to help nearly 140,000 survivors left homeless by the disaster.

Nepal: UN refugee agency urges officials to grant exit visas for Bhutanese

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is urging the Government of Nepal to let the most vulnerable Bhutanese refugees living in exile in the eastern part of this strife-torn Himalayan kingdom leave the country.

Lessons from China’s chemical plant blast should influence policy – UN agency

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today that lessons learned from dealing with November’s explosion at a petrochemical plant in northeastern China, which caused major river pollution, should influence government policy.

UN cultural agency chief condemns murder of journalist in northern India

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), today condemned the murder of an Indian reporter in the north of the country but said he was confident New Delhi would not allow the killing to undermine press freedom.

As temperatures dip, UN agency gives warm clothing to young Pakistani quake survivors

As winter tightens its grip on the earthquake-affected mountainous areas near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, staff of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) are distributing warm clothing to vulnerable young survivors.

UNAIDS expresses concern over arrests of men who have sex with men in India

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has expressed concern that the recent arrests of men who have sex with men in Lucknow, India, criminalizes the people most at risk of HIV infection possibly increases stigma and discrimination and could expand the AIDS epidemic.

Annan pays tribute to UN envoy in Myanmar upon his resignation

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today paid tribute to his Special Envoy for Myanmar, Razali Ismail, who resigned the post he held since April 2000.