Asia Pacific

Annan discusses key global issues with Chinese Premier

Regional hotspots and global epidemics were among the topics touched on today during talks in New York between United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and China's Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao.

Afghans close to completing UN shelter scheme for returning refugees

Afghans have almost completed construction of the 52,000 homes planned in a United Nations scheme to provide shelter for thousands of returning refugees, the UN’s refugee agency announced today.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Philippine journalist

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned this week’s murder of Nelson Nadura, a Philippine radio journalist, noting he is the fifth journalist to have been killed in the Philippines this year.

Cambodia: UN team to help set up war crimes court for Khmer Rouge leaders

A staff team left United Nations Headquarters in New York today for Cambodia to provide technical and practical help to local officials as they set up and operate a court to try the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge for war crimes.

UN anti-drugs agency holds talks with Afghanistan's Foreign Minister

Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah has held talks about rising drug production in his country - by far the world's biggest producer of opium - with the United Nations anti-drugs agency and foreign government representatives in Vienna today.

Afghanistan’s decimated livestock could take 10 years to regenerate – UN report

Four years of drought and many years of civil strife have decimated livestock in Afghanistan, a major source of income and food for farmers and their families, and it could take up to 10 years for the animal herds to regenerate naturally, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.

UN humanitarian team helps Micronesia recover following tropical storm

The United Nations agency for humanitarian coordination has sent a disaster assessment team to Micronesia after Typhoon Lupit struck the Pacific islands nation early last week, destroying food crops, contaminating water supplies and damaging homes and public facilities.

Voter registration underway in seven cities across Afghanistan - UN

Voter registration has begun in seven regional capitals across Afghanistan ahead of the country's national elections next year, according to the United Nations mission there.

Voter registration begins in eight cities across Afghanistan - UN

Voter registration starts this week in eight cities across Afghanistan ahead of the country's national elections next year, according to the United Nations mission there.

Al-Qaida's influence continues to spread, Security Council panel says

Al-Qaida's ideology continues to spread, especially in Iraq, raising the fear of more terrorist attacks, according to the second report issued by the monitoring group of the Security Council committee overseeing sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban.