Asia Pacific

On Hiroshima Day, Annan urges world to do more for nuclear disarmament

Commemorating the 58th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the international community to accelerate nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, especially with the new “major concern” that such weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists.

Second phase of weapons disposal in Bougainville completed - UN envoy

The second stage of weapons disposal in Bougainville is now complete, bringing the island closer to the hope of holding elections to establish an autonomous government, the head of the United Nations mission there told the Security Council today.

Following deadly bombing in Indonesia, UN rights official calls on public to rally against terrorism

In the wake of the car bomb attack at the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, which killed over a dozen people, the Acting United Nations human rights chief renewed his appeal for a rallying of public sentiment against terrorism and for justice to be meted out to terrorists in accordance with international human rights law.

Annan condemns bomb explosion in Indonesia

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan was "horrified" at today's bomb explosion at a hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, condemning the apparent terrorist act and expressing his sympathy for the victims.

Annan lauds regional effort to bring stability to Solomon Islands

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today commended countries in the Pacific Islands region for their collective support to restore law and order in the Solomon Islands and voiced hope that a prompt return to normalcy will facilitate a peace-building process.

UN helps protect Afghan crops in face of worst locust plague in living memory

A major threat to food production in northern Afghanistan has been averted thanks to a successful locust control campaign coordinated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the face of the worst outbreak in living memory, the agency reported today.

UN-backed measles campaign vaccinates over 5 million Afghan children

In a bid to fight the most preventable cause of death among children in Afghanistan, the country’s government, with support from two United Nations agencies, successfully vaccinated more than 5 million children during a recent month-long campaign.

Afghan security commission plans meeting to address recent skirmishes, UN reports

A key Afghan security commission will convene an "extraordinary meeting" on Monday to address problems in the Dara-i-Suf District, which has been the scene of recent skirmishes, a United Nations spokesman reported today.

Annan backs idea of 6-way talks on DPR of Korea’s nuclear programme

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today lent his support to the idea of six-way talks on the nuclear programme in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).