Asia Pacific

Timor-Leste: airport reopens after UN helps curb gang violence

Timor-Leste’s airport reopened today after the United Nations police force helped end fighting between gangs and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the small South-East Asian nation that was shaken earlier this year by violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions.

Timor-Leste: UN police help stop gang fighting that forces airport to close

The United Nations police force in Timor-Leste has intervened to stop fighting between gangs and internally displaced persons (IDPs) that forced the closing of the airport in the small South-East Asian nation, shaken earlier this year by violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions.

Top UN political officer starts Asia trip with China visit to discuss peacebuilding, Korea

Strengthening cooperation between the United Nations and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, along with developments in Asia since the reported nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), are among the issues being discussed by the UN’s top political officer in meetings with high-level officials during a three-nation visit.

UN nuclear chief meets with US Secretary Rice; calls for talks with DPR Korea, Iran

The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog met today with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington to discuss the nuclear programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran, shortly after calling for talks with both countries.

Global vigilance is needed to counter bird flu, Indonesia causes concern: UN coordinator

While the deadly bird flu virus has not spread as widely as feared in Africa, vigilance is still needed across the world to counter its advance and deal with its impact on humans, the United Nations coordinator for the disease said today, expressing in particular “very great concern” over Indonesia, where practically the whole country has been affected.

UN human rights expert laments food aid cuts to DPRK which shares the blame

The reluctance of donors to provide aid to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) following its reported nuclear test is causing rising hunger in the country and exacerbating the suffering of groups already facing a grim human rights situation, a United Nations independent expert warned today.

Afghan Government, UN seek $43 million more for drought and conflict victims

The Government of Afghanistan and the United Nations today jointly appealed for a further $43.3 million to fund humanitarian relief for people affected by drought as well as families displaced by recent fighting in the country's south.

Top UN official in Timor-Leste praises calm response to violence report

Despite fears of violence after the release this week of a United Nations report into recent strife in Timor-Leste, the response so far has been “overwhelmingly positive” and calm in the tiny nation where deadly conflict attributed to differences between eastern and western regions erupted in April, the top UN official in the country said today.

DPR Korea, Middle East nations urged to join UN-affiliated body on chemical weapons

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and key countries in the Middle East – Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and Syria – form a “hard core” of nations that are resisting any moves towards joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the head of the United Nations-affiliated body said today.

Up to 50,000 Indonesian families still lack shelter after May’s earthquake in Java: UN

As many as 50,000 families who lost their homes in the deadly earthquake that rocked Indonesia’s island of Java in May are still without sufficient shelter for the approaching rainy season, the main United Nations humanitarian office warned today, as it highlighted ongoing appeals for funding from the World Bank and other donors.