Asia Pacific

Funding shortfall forces UN agency to cut off food aid to millions in DPR of Korea

Up to 4.5 million people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) may be deprived of winter rations because a slump in donations will force the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to halt its emergency cereal distribution operation there, the agency warned today.

Despite international action, Al-Qaida ‘fit and well,’ ready to strike, UN report warns

Despite international action to contain Al-Qaida, the terrorist network retains its financial support and remains a deadly threat, according to a United Nations report released today.

With UN backing, 5 Central Asian countries agree to nuclear-weapon-free zone treaty

With the backing of the United Nations, five Central Asian countries have successfully concluded negotiations on a treaty that would make the region a nuclear-weapon-free zone, a UN spokesman announced today in New York.

UN General Assembly admits Timor-Leste as 191st member

More than three years after the Timorese people voted to begin the process of independence from Indonesia, the General Assembly today voted to admit the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as the 191st Member State of the United Nations.

Working with Afghan Government, UN prepares for coming winter relief effort

The United Nations and the Afghan Government are jointly preparing a humanitarian aid effort for the coming winter, when some 2 million people will be vulnerable to isolation.

Annan marks 10th anniversary of Mongolia's declaration of nuclear-weapon-free status

On the tenth anniversary of Mongolia declaring its territory a nuclear-weapon-free zone, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today commended the country for taking steps to define and regulate that status.

Coming winter slows Afghan returns, but over 1.7 million have gone back – UN

With temperatures expected to drop in Afghanistan, the number of people returning home has recently decreased, but since March, over 1.7 million have repatriated, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

Afghanistan: UN agency begins reconstruction work of 3,000 houses in Shomali

With the coming winter adding urgency to Afghanistan's need for homes, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has begun work reconstructing 3,000 houses in the Shomali area of the country to provide shelter for some 21,000 people.

Afghanistan must be able to control security or risk resumed violence - UN envoy

Security remains the most pressing concern in Afghanistan, the chief United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today, warning that chaos could return if the Government is unable to tackle the problem.

Security Council backs Afghan authorities' efforts to rebuild country

Giving their full backing to the efforts of Afghanistan's Transitional Authority, members of the Security Council today appealed to the international community to fulfil financial and material pledges for the reconstruction of the country.