Asia Pacific

UN envoy discusses Myanmar with Singaporean leaders

The Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Myanmar wrapped up his visit to Singapore today, meeting with senior officials and expressing his appreciation for the country's continued support to the efforts of the United Nations to bring about democratic change in its troubled South-East Asian neighbour.

Timorese fugitive surrenders as UN mission continues for another year

The Security Council today extended for one more year the mandate of the mission it sent to help stabilize the fledgling nation of Timor-Leste in the wake of violent clashes in 2006.

UN agency seeks $8 million to feed Tajiks hit by record low temperatures

The harshest winter Tajikistan has seen in decades has prompted a food and energy crisis leaving some 200,000 in need of emergency aid, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today as it appealed for $8.3 million to help those affected.

ASEAN plays key role in helping Myanmar, UN envoy stresses

Countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have a significant role to play in helping Myanmar on the path to democratization and national reconciliation, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Myanmar said in Jakarta today.

Nepalese children should not take part in violent political action, say UN agencies

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today issued a joint warning to all Nepalese to keep the country’s children free from harm amid mounting concern that they are frequently participating in violent protests and general strikes.

UN peacekeeping chief congratulates Timor-Leste on calm following attacks

With no significant security incidents having occurred following last week’s attempts on the lives of both the President and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, the top United Nations peacekeeping official today lauded the leaders and people of the tiny nation for remaining calm and displaying restraint.

UN envoy hopes to return to Myanmar in early March

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar said today he hopes to return to the South-East Asian nation in the first week of March, adding that the authorities there are currently in the process of inviting him.

Top UN official in Nepal deplores violence against protesters

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Nepal today expressed deep concern over the recent violence in the Terai region which has claimed one life and seriously injured many others.

Secretary-General lauds peaceful conduct of Pakistan polls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Pakistan for the largely peaceful conduct of yesterday’s parliamentary elections.

UN envoy expects visit to Myanmar will be brought forward

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar said today that his return to the South-East Asian nation may take place sooner than mid-April, the original date proposed by the Government.