Asia Pacific

UN mission continues efforts to bring home East Timor's refugees

More than 200 refugees arrived today in East Timor for a "come and see" visit as part of the on-going process of reconciliation, the United Nations Transitional Administration in the territory (UNTAET) said.

Brahimi wraps up trip to Islamabad and heads to Tehran for talks on Afghanistan

After holding talks with senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, headed for Tehran today to continue his consultations.

Annan predicts expanded UN role in promoting broad-based Afghan Government

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the United Nations could be given a greater role in helping Afghans to form a new and more inclusive government and stressed that the speedy end of the military strikes could enable the UN to expand its aid efforts.

Brahimi sees international commitment to reconstruct Afghanistan

The international community is now committed to supporting the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, the senior United Nations envoy for the country, told reporters in Islamabad today.

Afghanistan: neighbours agree to facilitate UN delivery of relief supplies

Afghanistan's northern neighbours have agreed to several measures that would improve the delivery of emergency supplies into the country as the humanitarian situation there remained "critical," the United Nations top relief coordinator said today.

Asia and Pacific: UN-hosted meeting urges more action on 'people-centred' cities

Less talk and more action are needed to make cities in the Asia and Pacific region more liveable and friendly for residents, according to the mayors and other government officials who participated in a United Nations-backed meeting this week in Bangkok, Thailand.