Asia Pacific

One case of 'bird flu' confirmed in Hong Kong, UN health agency reports

Results from two laboratories confirmed today the presence of avian influenza, or "bird flu," in a nine-year-old boy in Hong Kong, where the United Nations lead health agency is now collaborating closely with authorities to provide needed support.

Japan gives UN $35 million to help disarm ex-combatants in Afghanistan

Japan signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kabul today for a $35 million contribution towards disarming and reintegrating former combatants in Afghanistan, one of the world's most heavily armed countries.

Security Council refers IAEA letter on DPR of Korea to experts first

The Security Council has referred a letter from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to its experts for further consultations before beginning any discussion of the matter, the President of the 15-nation body said today.

Cambodia: Annan set to dispatch UN delegation to resume talks on Khmer Rouge court

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is set to resume detailed negotiations with Cambodia in a bid to reach agreement on a special court to try the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge.

Pakistan successfully eradicates deadly cattle disease rinderpest - UN

Pakistan has declared itself "provisionally free" from the deadly cattle plague rinderpest, the United Nations announced today in Rome.

Tobacco report criticizes Indian films

As final negotiations are under way on a landmark global treaty to reduce tobacco-related deaths and disease, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report sharply criticizing India's film industry for glamorizing smoking as the "cool" thing to do.

With India's support, UN to distribute nutrient-rich biscuits to Afghan children

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to distribute nearly 10,000 tons of high-energy biscuits donated by India to the school children of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: UN hopeful donors continue support for recovery efforts

The overwhelming donor response to the crisis in Afghanistan -with some $2 billion delivered in 2002 - has officials from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hopeful that, whatever happens on the international scene in the coming months, the long-suffering Afghan people will be able to continue their march towards recovery.

Concerned at arrests in Myanmar, Annan says dialogue is key to reconciliation

Voicing concern at the arrests by the Myanmar authorities of 12 members of opposition parties, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reiterated his strong belief that national reconciliation should begin with a constructive dialogue between the Myanmar authorities and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

DPR of Korea: IAEA reports nuclear issue to UN Security Council, Assembly

Expressing deep concern that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has rejected efforts at dialogue and is now in further non-compliance with international nuclear safeguards, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today decided to report the matter to the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly.