Asia Pacific

UN envoy holds talks on Myanmar with senior officials in Washington

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar is in Washington, D.C., today for talks with senior United States officials, including the country’s First Lady Laura Bush, on United Nations efforts to promote democratic change in the South-East Asian nation.

Cambodia and UN anti-hunger agency launch three-year meal programme

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a new, three-year programme to provide meals to 1.8 million vulnerable Cambodians, including schoolchildren, tuberculosis patients and people affected by HIV/AIDS.

UN to lead team assessing worst oil spill in history of Republic of Korea

The United Nations will lead an eight-person team of marine pollution and civil protection experts being deployed today to assess the 7 December oil spill in the Republic of Korea, the worst in the Asian nation’s history.

Timor-Leste can count on UN’s help to address its challenges – Secretary-General

The United Nations will continue to help Timor-Leste in addressing the many challenges it faces, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged today during a visit to the tiny nation that the world body helped shepherd to independence in 2002.

Climate change has no respect for borders and affects all, says Ban Ki-moon

Global warming impacts everyone regardless of national borders, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, to overcome differences and agree on a road map to tackle the issue.

Wrapping up session, UN Human Rights Council to send expert to Myanmar

The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its sixth session today in Geneva, adopting 13 resolutions and decisions, including a request that the independent expert on Myanmar return to the South-East Asian nation for further assessments.

Timor-Leste: UN official stresses need for credible State institutions

Building strong State institutions, particularly a credible security sector, will be vital if Timor-Leste is to resolve many of the issues that continue to plague the young nation, a visiting senior United Nations official said today.

Secretary-General extends stay in Bali to pursue climate change negotiations

To continue forging ahead with his efforts to bring about a successful conclusion to the landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has extended his visit to the South-East Asian nation.

Timor-Leste will need UN assistance for some time, says Security Council team

Despite the tremendous gains achieved by Timor-Leste since achieving independence in 2002, it will continue to need United Nations assistance for some time to address its political, security and economic challenges, according to a Security Council team that visited the country recently.

Myanmar refugees leaving Thailand for third countries passes 20,000 mark – UN

The number of Myanmar refugees leaving Thailand to start new lives in third countries has topped 20,000, under the world’s largest refugee resettlement programme, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.