Asia Pacific

Ban Ki-moon makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, meeting with top officials there ahead of a planned conference on the country he will attend early next month in Rome.

IAEA helps Central Asian countries deal with old uranium sites

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is helping Central Asian countries to take steps toward securing millions of tonnes of uranium tailings – a potential source of radioactive and heavy metal pollution – in abandoned sites.

UN food agency appeals for funds to assist drought victims in Timor-Leste

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to assist nearly 200,000 people in Timor-Leste affected by an ongoing drought and appealed for additional funds to provide food aid.

UN children’s agency rushes relief supplies to flood-ravaged Pakistan

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is rushing emergency supplies – including tents food, medicine, hygiene supplies and equipment – to people hit by heavy rains in the western Pakistani province of Balochistan.

As Timorese prepare to vote, Security Council appeals for peaceful elections

United Nations Security Council members today expressed their full support for the Timor-Leste parliamentary elections to be held tomorrow and called on the country’s people to ensure that the polls are free, fair and peaceful.

UNICEF calls for awareness-raising measures to stem spread of HIV in Iran

A senior official from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) currently in Iran has called for maximum efforts to prevent HIV and AIDS from becoming a general epidemic in the country.

Myanmar agrees to address situation of children with UN – envoy

Wrapping up a five-day official visit to Myanmar, the United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today its Government has agreed to name an official to deal with the plight of the country’s young in cooperation with the UN.

Ballot distribution begins ahead of Timor-Leste elections – UN

The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today reported that the distribution of ballot papers for this weekend’s parliamentary elections has begun in both the capital Dili and the main towns of the country’s 13 districts.

Just-concluded political campaigning in Timor-Leste ‘largely peaceful’ – UN

As political campaigning concluded throughout Timor-Leste today, the senior United Nations envoy to the nascent country commended all political parties and the Timorese people for the largely peaceful manner in which the process was conducted.

Secretary-General offers UN assistance to survivors of South Asia storms

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to support national efforts to provide emergency assistance to survivors of recent storms across South Asia, which have resulted in several hundred deaths in India and Pakistan.