Asia Pacific

Chief of UN refugee agency heading to Japan and Korea

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, is set to embark tomorrow on a six-day mission to South Korea and Japan, where he is expected to meet with senior government officials.

Annan, envoy discuss next steps in resolving impasse on Korean peninsula

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his envoy for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have met to discuss the next steps in supporting efforts to achieve a negotiated settlement of the impasse on the Korean peninsula, a United Nations spokesman said today.

WHO removes parts of China from SARS travel alert list

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today removed travel restriction to Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi and Tianjin in China, leaving just two areas, Beijing and Taiwan Province, on the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) alert list.

De-mining resumes on main Afghan road – UN

De-mining work has resumed along parts of the Kabul to Kandahar road, one of Afghanistan’s most important routes for commerce and relief aid, after extra security measures were put in place following a recent rash of attacks, the United Nations said today.

WHO satisfied China has 'excellent' SARS response measures in place

The leader of a United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) assessment team in China said today he was satisfied that "excellent" measures for the immediate response to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are now in place, although the lack of a sustainable surveillance system was still a source of concern.

Funds shortfall threatens 500,000 in Myanmar and Nepal – UN food agency

Facing a shortfall in donations, the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that its operations to feed 100,000 refugees in Nepal and nearly 400,000 people in Myanmar would be severely hampered unless contributions from international donor countries are secured by the end of the month.

Timor-Leste faces food shortages – UN report

With an expected 25 per cent shortfall in international rice purchases, 150,000 people in Timor-Leste could face food shortages this year after a two-year drought and a lack of seeds, according to a special report by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Myanmar: UN envoy sees Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Annan urges her release

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the report from his Special Envoy for Myanmar that he has seen Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, but also remained seriously concerned that she and other democracy leaders were still denied freedom of movement and urged the Government to release them.

UN health agency team travels to China to assess SARS situation

A team from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) travelled to China today to confer with health officials there about the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the country and exchange views on the next steps forward.

UN envoy continues Myanmar visit, still hopeful of meeting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

The United Nations special envoy for Myanmar continued his mission to the capital, Yangon, today, holding talks with a senior government official and holding out the possibility of meeting with democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.