Asia Pacific

Afghanistan: UN scrambling to treat deadly outbreak of whooping cough

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is scrambling to treat an outbreak of whooping cough in Afghanistan, which has already claimed the lives to two children in a village near the Tajik border.

First draft of new Afghan constitution to be ready by March, UN says

In another sign that Afghanistan is on the road to recovery, the country's leaders have set in motion a broad consultative process aimed at drafting the preliminary elements of a new constitution by March, the United Nations mission said in Kabul.

Head of Cambodian delegation on Khmer Rouge court talks meets with Annan

The head of the Cambodian delegation meeting with United Nations officials in talks to explore the possibility of establishing a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity met today with Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

IAEA urges DPR of Korea to reconsider decision to pull out of nuclear arms pact

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to reconsider its decision to withdraw from a global nuclear weapons treaty and urged Pyongyang to engage in dialogue with the international community.

Annan regrets DPR of Korea's decision to withdraw from nuclear weapons treaty

Following the announcement by the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of its withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he regretted the move and strongly urged Pyongyang to reconsider its decision.

Security Council notified of DPR of Korea's withdrawal from nuclear arms accord

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has sent a letter informing the Security Council of its decision to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the President of the 15-nation body said today.

UN, Cambodia hold fourth day of exploratory talks on special court for Khmer Rouge

United Nations and Cambodian officials met again today as part of the ongoing exploratory talks on the establishment of a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity.

First woman appointed UN civilian police adviser

A senior law enforcement official from India has been appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the next United Nations Civilian Police Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the first woman to hold the job.

Disarmament process in northern Afghanistan yields 39 weapons, UN mission reports

The joint security team supervising disarmament efforts in northern Afghanistan has collected some 39 predominantly light weapons from six villages in that part of the country, the United Nations mission reported today.

Timor-Leste announces intention to join UNESCO

Timor-Leste today announced that it intends to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).