Asia Pacific

Timor-Leste: UN presents prime minister with blueprint to strengthen rule of law

Seeking to restore calm in Timor-Leste and boost the rule of law in the country it ushered to independence from Indonesia just four years ago, the United Nations today presented the new prime minister with a report covering key issues such as the fight against corruption, ethical behaviour by officials and freedom of information.

India bombings reaffirm urgency for coordinated action against terrorism: Annan

Saying that he was “appalled by the brutal and callous bombings” of trains in Mumbai, India, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that such acts confirm that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

Timor-Leste: UN envoy outlines tasks of new UN mission in troubled country

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all parties in Timor-Leste to seek unity after the appointment of a new prime minister, as his special envoy outlined the tasks of a new United Nations peacekeeping mission following violence in the small nation that the world body shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago.

UN scales back its appeal for Indonesian quake relief, but still faces huge shortfall

The United Nations has scaled back its $103-million relief appeal for the Indonesian earthquake in May by 20 per cent but is still facing a huge shortfall of over $60 million to aid hundreds of thousands of victims of the disaster which killed more than 6,000 people and displaced at least 200,000 others.

Timor-Leste: UN officials meet rebel soldiers’ leaders in effort to resolve crisis

Continuing their efforts to calm tensions in Timor-Leste, the top two United Nations officials there today met with a group of rebel soldiers, who had surrendered their automatic weapons, and urged them to press their case non-violently.

Many Indonesians not eating enough, children underweight – UN report

Many people in Indonesia do not get enough to eat, significant numbers of the country’s children are underweight and infant mortality continues to be a problem right across the island nation’s archipelago, according to a new United Nations-backed study released today.

Afghanistan: top UN official ‘appalled’ by bombings in capital

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today expressed his horror at the rash of explosions over the past two days near to or apparently directed against government institutions or personnel in Kabul, the capital.

Timor-Leste: UN officials meet party leaders in effort to resolve crisis

The top two United Nations officials in Timor-Leste today met with the leaders of all registered political parties as they continued their efforts to calm tensions after two months of unrest in the small South-East Asian nation that the world body shepherded to independence from Indonesia four years ago.

Optometrist with global vision awarded UN-backed refugee-assistance prize

A Japanese optometrist who has provided vision services to over 100,000 uprooted people around the world over the course of more than two decades will be awarded the this year’s top prize for assistance of refugees, the United Nations agency dealing with their plight announced today.

UN Council Members agree swift action needed after Korean missile launch

Expressing “deep concern” over missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), members of the United Nations Security Council agreed this morning that quick action is needed to deal with the matter, during a closed meeting requested by Japan and the United States.