Asia Pacific

UN agency welcomes new advance of women’s rights in Nepal

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has hailed a decision by Nepal’s reinstated House of Representatives to grant citizenship rights to children born to Nepali mothers as “a milestone in the advancement of women’s civil and political rights.”

Annan’s Special Representative talks peace with another armed group in Timor-Leste

For the second time in two days, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Timor-Leste, Sukehiro Hasegawa, flew to the west of the tiny Southeast Asian nation to try and end the unrest in the country, this time to meet the leader of another armed group that has demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister.

Afghanistan traffic accident regrettable but no excuse for riots, UN envoy says

Expressing sympathy to the law-abiding people who were affected by last week’s rioting in Kabul, the United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today said the traffic accident which led to the unrest was no excuse for the looting and destruction which followed.

Annan’s Special Representative meets group in Timor-Leste in effort to end dispute

As part of ongoing efforts to end the unrest in Timor-Leste, the Secretary-General's Special Representative today flew to the mountain headquarters of an armed group that has demanded the removal of the Prime Minister, while on the humanitarian front United Nations agencies report that food aid is now being supplied to refugee camps further from the capital.

Policewomen and social workers help children in aftermath of Indonesia quake: UN

The first of three dozen policewomen and social workers, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have arrived on the Indonesian island of Java to monitor child rights and trafficking issues and provide psychosocial support for children in the aftermath of last month’s devastating earthquake that killed more than 6,000 people.

UN launches $103-million relief appeal for Indonesian quake victims

The United Nations today launched a $103-million appeal to aid more than 200,000 victims of last week’s earthquake in the Indonesian island of Java, targeting emergency shelter, medical assistance, clean water and sanitation, food and child protection over the next six months.

Timor-Leste: UN plans emergency airlift to aid up to 100,000 people displaced by unrest

The United Nations was poised to begin an emergency airlift to Timor-Leste today with urgently needed supplies for tens of thousands of displaced people as radio and TV stations continued to broadcast a videotaped appeal from Secretary-General Kofi Annan for calm in the violence-torn country which the UN shepherded to independence from Indonesia four years ago.

More Afghan refugee camps close in Pakistan as part of UN repatriation plan

Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Nations refugee agency have agreed on the closure of three refugee camps in Pakistan while pledging to step up their efforts to find solutions for 2.6 million Afghan refugees still left there.

Security Council may hold public meeting on Timor-Leste next week – President

The United Nations Security Council is likely to hold a public meeting next week to discuss the current situation in strife-torn Timor-Leste, the 15-member body’s President, Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark, said today.

UNESCO chief deplores killing of Pakistani cameraman

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the killing of Munir Ahmed Sangi, a Pakistani cameraman who was shot dead on Monday while covering a gunfight in the south-eastern part of his country.