Asia Pacific

Worsening food shortages in DPR Korea spark warning from UN agencies

United Nations humanitarian agencies today expressed concern about worsening food shortages in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where so many millions of people are already undernourished that at least one in three children are stunted as a result.

UN rights chief urges Thailand not to forcibly return Lao Hmong, over half are children

Expressing concern that around 150 Hmong tribes-people, over half of whom are children, may be subjected to “serious human rights violations” if forced to return home to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the top United Nations rights official today urged Thailand to halt their imminent deportation.

Annan extends condolences to Turkmenistan’s people after death of President Niyazov

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today extended condolences to the people of Turkmenistan on the death of President Saparmurat Niyazov and paid tribute to his contribution to UN peace efforts in Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Lessons from Asia tsunami recovery effort must be passed on, UN envoy Clinton says

United Nations agencies, aid partners and governments must pass on the lessons learned from dealing with the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed over 230,000 people and affected more than 12 countries, the UN’s special envoy for the disaster, former United States President Bill Clinton, says in a report highlighting 10 key measures to build upon.

DPR Korea: UN human rights expert meets refugees adjusting to new life

An independent United Nations human rights expert on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has met refugees from the troubled country and visited a facility that helps them acclimatize to life in the Republic of Korea.

New UN envoy arrives in Timor-Leste as international police deploy to more districts

Reforming Timor-Leste’s security sector following this year’s deadly violence remains the top priority of the United Nations mission in the tiny South-East Asian nation, the UN’s new envoy said shortly after arriving, as international police officers deployed to more of the nation’s districts to end the continuing low-level gang violence.

Asia’s declining fertility patterns under spotlight at UN conference

Demographers and population specialists from 14 Asian nations have gathered in Bangkok for a three-day conference organized by the United Nations to discuss the latest challenges and issues posed by the region’s declining fertility rates.

Annan hails Japan’s commitment to UN, marking its 50th anniversary as a member

Japan’s commitment to the UN has been demonstrated across a range of areas, from providing funding to advocating for multilateralism, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said, marking the country’s 50th anniversary as a member of the world body.

UN bird flu experts arrive in South Korea to assess risk following outbreaks in poultry

A team of bird flu experts from a joint United Nations crisis centre set up to deal with the emergency arrived today in South Korea to assess regional risks and protective measures following three recent outbreaks of the disease among domestic poultry in rural areas south of the capital Seoul.

1 million Afghans in Pakistan register in UN-backed operation to help repatriation

One million of the 2.4 million Afghans still in Pakistan after fleeing the 1979 Soviet invasion and later factional fighting have now been registered in a United Nations-backed operation by the Government of Pakistan that seeks to yield valuable information for continued repatriation efforts.