Asia Pacific

DPR Korea: Security Council says nuclear test is threat to peace, warns of action

The United Nations Security Council today warned the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of unspecified action if it conducted a nuclear test, declaring that such a test would represent a clear threat to international peace and security.

Basic services still lacking for too many after last year’s Pakistan quake, says UN envoy

A year after an earthquake devastated northern Pakistan, killing more than 73,000 people, the United Nations envoy for the recovery effort said a funding shortfall means too many of the estimated 3.5 million people affected by the quake still lack access to basic services such as clean water, sanitation and housing.

Deadly heroin overdoses could soar with surge in Afghan opium production, UN warns

The world’s health authorities should prepare for a significant increase in the number of deaths from heroin overdoses following a dramatic surge in opium production in Afghanistan this year, the United Nations top narcotics fighter has warned.

Timor-Leste: UN envoy applauds its leaders’ call to accept upcoming report on strife

The United Nations envoy in Timor-Leste today warmly welcomed a statement by Timorese leaders calling on the population to accept the findings of an upcoming UN report into this year’s deadly violence in the tiny South-East Asian nation, which killed around 40 people and forced more than 150,000 others to flee their homes.

Viet Nam: UN sends assessment teams to regions struck by typhoon

United Nations agencies today sent three joint assessment missions to regions of Viet Nam struck by Typhoon Xangsane, which damaged nearly 230,000 houses and forced the evacuation of some 40,000 people.

DPR Korea: Security Council consults amid concerns over nuclear test plans

The United Nations Security Council held closed consultations on the stated intention of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to carry out a nuclear test, and all members voiced “very strong concern… and strongly urged North Korea to desist from it,” the Council president said.

UN agency voices concern at mounting number of Afghans displaced by fighting

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern about the increasing number of people internally displaced in southern Afghanistan as a result of hostilities between government forces, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and insurgents, with 15,000 families uprooted since July.

Annan expresses concern after DPR Korea says it will conduct nuclear test

Voicing concern about the stated intention of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to carry out a nuclear test in the future, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today that such a move would be counter-productive and worsen tensions in the region, and he called on the country’s leadership to maintain the current moratorium on testing.

UN envoy in Timor-Leste stresses the need to resolve differences at the ballot box

Stressing the need to restore stability and peace in Timor-Leste following the deadly violence that erupted earlier this year, the United Nations envoy in the tiny nation said today that all Timorese should resolve their differences at the ballot box and not through conflict.

UN’s Afghanistan envoy condemns suicide attack in Kabul

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has condemned a suicide attack outside the Interior Ministry in Kabul city that reportedly resulted in more than a dozen deaths and wounded over 50 other people.