Asia Pacific

UN agency concerned by removal of monitoring equipment at DPR of Korea nuclear site

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today voiced its concern over the decision by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to remove surveillance equipment and security seals at its Nyongbyong nuclear facility.

UN hails signing of non-aggression pact between Afghanistan, six neighbours

Afghanistan and six of its neighbouring countries have signed a declaration of non-aggression, which the United Nations mission in Kabul described as one more milestone in the nation’s long quest for peace.

Annan welcomes non-aggression declaration between Afghanistan, neighbours

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the signing in Kabul over the weekend of a non-aggression declaration between Afghanistan and its six neighbours, saying that he hoped the pact would strengthen the peace process in the country and also promote political and economic progress in the entire region.

Lack of funding jeopardizes return of over 1.5 million Afghans - UN refugee official

A senior United Nations official has indicated that a lack of adequate funding in Afghanistan could put at risk the planned return of over 1.5 million people displaced by years of fighting.

Amid uncertainty, Asia-Pacific region to sustain growth in 2003, UN commission reports

The economies of Asian countries are expected to record good performances this year, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said today, attributing the growth to domestic factors and the stimulus provided by intra-regional trade.

Afghanistan: no staff hurt as UN vehicle hijacked by unknown attackers

A United Nations vehicle has been hijacked by unknown armed men in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the world body reported today.

World Court awards Malaysia sovereignty over two islands near Borneo

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today ruled in favour of Malaysia in its dispute with Indonesia over two islands off the coast of Borneo.

UN meeting adopts action plan on population and poverty for Asia-Pacific region

Governments meeting at a United Nations conference in Bangkok today adopted an action plan addressing population issues as a key contributor to reducing poverty in the Asia-Pacific region and meeting the UN Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of the world's poorest people.

Afghanistan: UN launches $815 million appeal for humanitarian, rebuilding efforts

The United Nations today launched an $815 million appeal to help Afghanistan with its humanitarian operations and rebuilding efforts, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan urging the international community to continue to invest in the country's recovery and security.

UN population conference grapples with poverty, HIV/AIDS, family planning

Government ministers from more than 40 countries in the Asia and Pacific region convened in Bangkok today at a United Nations-backed meeting aimed at hammering out recommendations for action on population issues and poverty eradication.