Asia Pacific

New UN envoy to Timor-Leste takes up post

Ameerah Haq of Bangladesh, a humanitarian official with over three decades of experience with the United Nations, arrived today in Timor-Leste to take up her post as the world body’s top envoy to the fledgling Asian nation.

UN rushes aid to tsunami victims in Solomon Islands

The United Nations is rushing aid, including sanitation facilities, safe water and basic health care, to victims of a tsunami that hit the Solomon Islands yesterday, the second such massive wave to strike the region in three years.

Cambodian-UN prison initiative improves conditions for detainees

More than one thousand inmates at the Siem Reap prison now have more water for daily drinking, cooking and personal hygiene thanks to an innovative partnership between the United Nations human rights office and the Government of Cambodia aimed at prison reform.

Timor-Leste: police officer being investigated for shooting suspended – UN

The police officer under investigation for last week’s deadly shooting in Timor-Leste has been suspended from duty, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country, known as UNMIT, announced today.

World must act now to reverse worsening situation in Afghanistan – Ban

There is currently no indication of an early improvement in the security situation in Afghanistan, which deteriorated last year – dramatically so in Kabul, the capital – and a better coordinated international effort is crucial to reversing overall negative trends, according to the latest United Nations report released today.

Top UN envoy calls for 'demilitarized' international approach in Afghanistan

The international community must demilitarize its overall approach in Afghanistan to ensure sustainable gains in the political and humanitarian realms, the outgoing top United Nations envoy to the South Asian nations said today.