Asia Pacific

UN envoy conveys condolences to families of Afghan civilian victims of air strike

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today conveyed his condolences to the families of the Afghans killed unintentionally when a coalition air strike in Paktika Province missed its intended target.

Security Council holds talks on DPR of Korea nuclear issue

On the eve of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Security Council held talks today to consider the situation in that country.

SARS contained in Guangdong, China, but rural areas need better monitoring -WHO

Although the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the Chinese province where the disease is believed to have originated appears to have been contained, there is still an urgent need to improve surveillance in rural districts of Guangdong, the United Nations lead health agency said in a report issued today.

Youngsters in Asia face alarming HIV risk due to high drug use, UNICEF warns

With the high correlation between drug abuse and HIV infection, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that youngsters in Asia are facing unprecedented health risks due to the escalation in abuse of amphetamine-type drugs.

Crisis in DPR of Korea may end up paving way for permanent settlement - UN adviser

A senior United Nations adviser said today that the current crisis surrounding the restart of the nuclear programme in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) might in the end pave the way for a permanent settlement to the issue.

UN official dies of SARS while on mission in China

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today is mourning the death of a senior official who died of a serious respiratory disease, which has killed nearly 90 people around the world, while on mission in China.

Details of UN, Cambodia text on Khmer Rouge trials reported to General Assembly

Although the text of a draft agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Cambodia on a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders is a "considerable improvement" over previous documents, doubts might still remain as to whether it would ensure the credibility of the tribunal given the precarious state of that country's judiciary, the Secretary-General says in a report released today.

WHO polio eradication campaign to vaccinate 80 million children in India

With India the number one priority area for polio eradication, the United Nations lead health agency today launched a massive immunization campaign to vaccinate more than 80 million children in the epicentre of the epidemic.

Timor-Leste: Security Council adjusts police force, slows pull-out of UN troops

Despite the welcome progress Timor-Leste has achieved since its independence last year, persistent security and stability concerns prompted the Security Council today to adjust the composition and strength of the police component of the United Nations mission in the country and to slow the downsizing of the UN peacekeeping force.

Timor-Leste: UN transfers security duties in Lautem district to local police

The United Nations today handed over police duties to local authorities in the Lautem district of Timor-Leste, the first such locality to have full responsibility for overall security and law enforcement.