Asia Pacific

UN agencies aid thousands affected by powerful storm in Myanmar

United Nations agencies are assisting people in Myanmar devastated by the country’s worst storm in more than 30 years, which stirred 160- kilometre winds and left 140 people dead and some 18,000 others homeless.

Afghanistan: UN anti-narcotics chief's visit to address boom in drug cultivation

The United Nations counter-narcotics chief is heading this weekend to Afghanistan, where concern is growing that the 2004 opium crop may reach record levels, topping last year's 3,600 tons produced.

Afghanistan's stability hinges on international security assistance - UN official

Afghanistan needs international support to emerge from decades of war, tackle resurgent militias sabotaging peace efforts, and hold credible elections in September, a senior United Nations official said today.

Sukehiro Hasegawa of Japan named chief of UN mission in Timor-Leste

Sukehiro Hasegawa, the current deputy of the United Nations mission in Timor-Leste, has been named the new chief of the UN operation following an exchange of letters between Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council.

UN warns Asia-Pacific faces acute food safety risk; ‘danger just round the corner’

With one person dying every 45 seconds from food- and water-borne diseases in Asia and the Pacific alone, the area faces serious risks in densely populated zones, two United Nations agencies said today at the start of a regional meeting seeking to head off future threats to public health and international trade.

Annan welcomes resumption of high-level talks between Japan, DPR of Korea

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the resumption of talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Japan, said his spokesman today, describing the high-level meetings as "a timely and encouraging step."

UN envoy 'encouraged' by talks with Afghan leaders on disarmament, security

With the United Nations-backed plan to decommission thousands of ex-soldiers in Afghanistan picking up steam, the top UN envoy in the country met today with the governor of Herat and two senior army commanders to discuss key aspects of the national agenda.

Kyrgyzstan ratifies treaty on combating worst forms of child labour - UN agency

Kyrgyzstan has become the 150th country to ratify the fundamental worldwide standard for combating the worst forms of child labour, putting the treaty within sight of universal ratification by all 177 members of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), the agency announced today.

UNICEF lauds progress in health and education in Timor-Leste

As Timor-Leste, the world’s newest nation and youngest democracy, marks its second anniversary, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) praised the dramatic improvements in health and education services for children in the southeast Asian country but warned that considerable challenges still remain.

UN envoy urges donors to support rebuilding Afghanistan's police force

The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan has urged international donors meeting in Doha, Qatar, to support the development of an Afghan police force that was better able to restore law and order and combat the misrule of local militias.