Asia Pacific

Sri Lankan refugee boat arrivals mount in India, UN agency reports

More than 1,000 Sri Lankans have fled to southern India since the beginning of the year, the vast majority by boat, because of the upsurge of violence between Government and rebel Tamil forces in the north and east of the island, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.

Chief of UN Population Fund calls on imams to promote rights of women

Winding up an official visit to Bangladesh, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Thoraya Obaid addressed thousands of members of the Grand Conference of Imams, urging them to promote the full and equal participation of women in society, and she promised to give computers to a unique health clinic in the capital.

Annan arrives in China on third leg of Asia trip

Arriving in Beijing today on the third leg of an Asian trip, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan began his official visit to China with a meeting with President Hu Jintao that spilled over into a working banquet hosted by the Chinese leader in the Great Hall of the People.

UN workshop in Thailand helps prepare for conference on illegal gun trafficking

Aiming to prepare for an upcoming United Nations conference on illegal gun trafficking worldwide, some 70 participants from governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across South and Southeast Asia have gathered in Thailand for a two-day workshop on specific aspects of the problem.

World must deal now with dangers of nuclear proliferation, Annan warns

The world seems to be “sleepwalking” down a path in which more and more States feel obliged to obtain nuclear weapons even as militant groups seek the means to carry out nuclear terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today.

FAO, China Forge Alliance to Improve Food Security in Poor Countries

China will provide further technical assistance to rural communities in developing countries under an agreement reached today between the country’s Government and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Myanmar: UN opens first high-level talks in 2 years with Government on democracy

A senior United Nations official today began the first high-level talks in more than two years between the world body and the Government of Myanmar, bearing a clear message about the need to restore democracy and full human rights in the South Asian country.

Annan discusses DPR Korea’s nuclear programme with Japanese Prime Minister

On the third leg of a six-country tour, Secretary-General Kofi Annan met in Tokyo today with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, discussing issues ranging from United Nations reform to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear weapons programme.

UNESCO chief hails first test of new tsunami warning system

Hailing the success of a new region-wide Tsunami warning system in the Pacific Ocean, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today congratulated the nations that took part in the coordinated effort.

UN official spotlights success of Bangladesh centre treating childbirth injuries

The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was moved to tears today at a Bangladesh hospital as girls as young as 15 spoke of their abandonment and infertility due to the childbirth injury, obstetric fistula, resulting from prolonged, obstructed and medically unattended labour.