Asia Pacific

Afghanistan: UN envoy pledges continued peace push after attack on international troops

Voicing shock at Saturday's attack on German troops serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, the senior United Nations envoy to the country has pledged to continue pushing for peace there.

Myanmar: Annan again calls for release of detained democracy leaders

With his special envoy arriving in Myanmar today, United Nation Secretary-General Kofi Annan, for the second time this week, called for the immediate release of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and several other leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) detained with her.

UN, Cambodia sign agreement to prosecute former Khmer Rouge leaders

The United Nations today signed a landmark agreement with Cambodia to set up special courts to try the aging former leaders of the Khmer Rouge.

Timor-Leste joins UNESCO; its president awarded peace prize

Timor-Leste has become the 189th Member State of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after signing the agency’s constitution yesterday in London.

UN video on Timor-Leste wins best political story prize at CNN conference

A United Nations video production on the emergence of Timor-Leste as the world’s newest nation has been named the best political story of the last year by the Cable News Network (CNN).

UN-backed campaign to vaccinate 5 million Afghan children against measles

The Afghan Government, with support from two United Nations agencies, today launched this year’s countrywide, month-long campaign to vaccinate 5 million children against measles.

Despite striking successes Asia-Pacific region faces huge social challenges – UN

While the Asia-Pacific region has achieved “one of the largest decreases in mass poverty in human history,” huge challenges still exist in basic education, gender equality, child health, maternal mortality and environmental sustainability, according to a United Nations report released today in Bangkok.

WHO helping Sri Lanka prevent disease outbreak after severe floods

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today it is moving quickly to support Sri Lanka in preventing outbreaks of communicable diseases after severe floods and landslides damaged water supply and sewage systems in what has become the country’s worst natural disaster in 50 years.

Timor-Leste faces 14,000-ton food deficit, UN agencies report

Timor-Leste faces a 14,000-ton food deficit – a result of dropping harvests and below normal rainfall – leaving some 150,000 people in possible need of aid, according to a joint report released today by two United Nations relief agencies.

Myanmar: Annan ‘worried’ by continued detention of pro-democracy leaders

Stressing that Myanmar is at a “critical juncture” in its ongoing political transition, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he believes Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy leaders currently being held in “protective custody” should be released immediately and allowed to cooperate with the Government to bring about national reconciliation in the country.