Asia Pacific

UNICEF rushes emergency supplies to Indonesian flood victims

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is airlifting emergency supplies of hygiene equipment and water containers to flood affected districts in the Indonesian province of South Sulewesi, where over 7,500 people have been made homeless, more than 200 people have died and 135 people are missing.

UN Special Representative to send adviser to Sri Lanka to look at abuse against children

Warning that the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are continuing to “recruit and use child soldiers” in Sri Lanka and highlighting allegations of “grave violations” against children by all parties in the conflict, the United Nations Special Representative for Children affected by armed conflict said today she was appointing a Special Adviser to undertake a fact-finding mission to the island.

Envoy begins talks on expanded UN mission in Timor-Leste following violence

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Timor-Leste today conferred with a leading member of the governing party on the first full day of his mission to assess the need for an increased United Nations presence after violence tore through the small South-East Asian nation.

Timor-Leste: UN envoy arrives to assess need for beefed-up UN mission after violence

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Timor-Leste arrived on the ground today to assess the need for a possible increased United Nations presence after violence tore through the small South-East Asian nation that the UN shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago.

After deadly attack, Annan calls on all sides in Sri Lanka to resume peace talks

Condemning today’s suicide bomb attack in Sri Lanka that killed one of the army’s top officers and three other people near the capital, Colombo, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on all sides to return to the negotiating table, saying that “no cause can justify such acts of violence.”

Timor-Leste: UN envoy broadcasts unity appeal to nation in wake of violence

The top United Nations envoy in Timor-Leste sought to avert further unrest there today, broadcasting an appeal to the people to unite after violence attributed to differences between eastern and western areas tore through the small South-East Asian nation that the UN shepherded to independence from Indonesia four years ago.

Funds running low to help Indonesian quake victims, UN warns

Just one month after a devastating earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Java, money is running out for essential food, water and education projects to reach the people worst hit by the disaster, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

DPR Korea should heed international calls on missile tests – Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today repeated his call for caution on the part of the authorities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), pointing out that the broader regional context requires restraint.

Timor-Leste UN expands food aid to tens of thousand displaced by recent violence

Tens of thousands of people displaced by the recent unrest in Timor-Leste are in urgent need of food aid from international donors, according to a United Nations assessment released today.

UN food agency starts emergency aid deliveries to drought-affected western Nepal

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal has started transporting emergency food assistance to support over 225,000 people in drought-affected parts of the country, many located in remote locations that could require expensive airlift operations.