Asia Pacific

UN team says visit to help Cambodia set up war crimes court a success

A United Nations staff team visiting Cambodia this week to help the country set up and operate a war crimes court to try former leaders of the Khmer Rouge has reported that it has had a successful mission.

DPR of Korea: UN agencies appeal urgently for funds to feed hungry millions

Warning that lack of funding threatened millions of hungry people, many of them children, in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations agencies today appealed to the international community for nearly $175 million to feed 6.5 million of those most at risk in the chronically food-short country.

UN calls on Coalition forces in Afghanistan to learn from deaths of 15 children

The senior United Nations official in Afghanistan said today he hoped lessons would be learned from the killing of 15 children in two raids by the United States-led Coalition forces in Afghanistan and “these tragic situations are not repeated.”

UN refugee agency sees no speedy return to southern and eastern Afghanistan

The United Nations refugee agency said today it was continuing efforts to prepare Afghan refugees for the winter despite withdrawing international staff from southern and eastern border regions after the murder of one of its workers, but it did not see a speedy resumption of full operations without an improvement in security.

UN official mourns six children killed in Afghanistan

The senior United Nations official concerned with children’s welfare during war expressed deep concern today about a second killing of children over the weekend by US-led Coalition forces in Afghanistan and urged the Coalition to “take measures to ensure fuller protection of children and prevent the occurrence of this kind of tragedies in the future.”

Special Panels judges convict Timorese man for murder of two UN employees

Judges at the Special Panels for Serious Crimes today convicted a Timorese militia member for the murders of two East Timorese employees of the United Nations Assistance Mission in East Timor (UNAMET) in September 1999.

UN receives food donation from India for one million Afghan children

More than one million schoolchildren in Afghanistan will receive a nutritious snack in school thanks to a new donation of 61,000 metric tons of wheat from India to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), agency officials said today.

Afghanistan: the world must increase its support or risk failing, says Annan

The international community must decide whether to increase its involvement in Afghanistan or risk failure, given the war-stricken country's deteriorating security situation and the intensifying attacks on United Nations staff and aid workers, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the General Assembly released today.

Shortfall in donations to 2003 UN appeal for North Korea threatens 3.8 million lives

Unless this year's Consolidated Appeal for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) receives new pledges by May, countrywide cereal shortages will affect 3.8 million people, especially the 70,000 children who are already at risk of dying from severe malnutrition, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Annan stresses need to protect civilians in Afghanistan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan was "profoundly saddened" by reports that nine children were killed in Ghazni, Afghanistan, apparently as a result of an air strike carried out by coalition forces targeting a Taliban leader.