Asia Pacific

Annan ‘deeply concerned’ at increase in violence in Kashmir

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced deep concern over recent terrorist acts in Kashmir and urged India and Pakistan to continue their recent efforts to resolve their differences peacefully.

Powerful quake in China affects 1 million, causes $75 million in damages – UN

A powerful earthquake that struck south-eastern China on Monday has affected close to 1 million people spread over 10 counties and resulted in an estimated $75 million in economic loss, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

Hundreds of desperate refugees seek safety at UN compound in Liberia

As rebel mortars continue to pound the centre and surrounding neighbourhoods of Liberia’s beleaguered capital, hundreds of hungry, terrified refugees are scrambling for safety inside the walls of a United Nations compound in Monrovia.

UN Children’s Fund reports ‘child survival crisis’ in Caucasus, Central Asia

Reporting a “child survival crisis” in the Caucasus and Central Asia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today infant mortality rates in nine countries were up to four times higher than official figures long claimed, and 12 times those of western industrialized countries, with most deaths being preventable.

UN refugee agency closes makeshift camp along Pakistani-Afghan border

The wait is finally over for thousands of Afghans stranded for the past 18 months – a makeshift camp on the Pakistani-Afghan border was closed today after the United Nations refugee agency moved the last remaining residents to a new settlement inside Afghanistan.

New force commander appointed for UN mission in Timor-Leste

Secretary General Kofi Annan has named a senior Malaysian officer as the next commander of peacekeeping forces of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).

DPR of Korea: China tells Annan of encouraging nuclear talks; IAEA cites threat

Even as China gave Secretary-General Kofi Annan an upbeat report on its latest demarche to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over its decision to produce nuclear weapons, the United Nations nuclear watchdog today called the situation “currently the most immediate and most serious threat” to non-proliferation.

UN resumes full de-mining activities in Afghanistan

Thanks to a new technology, all de-mining work has resumed along the Kabul to Kandahar road, one of Afghanistan’s most important routes for commerce and relief aid, and is proceeding at a fast pace after a nearly two-month long suspension following a rash of attacks, the United Nations said today.

Annan urges US, DPR of Korea to seek peaceful way out of nuclear dispute

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to find a peaceful way out of the dispute arising out of Pyongyang’s decision to produce nuclear weapons.

Annan meets with envoy from Myanmar, calls for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's release

Secretary-General Kofi Annan met today with a senior envoy from Myanmar, voicing his concern about the safety and well being of democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and calling on the government to meet with her.