Asia Pacific

Republic of Korea to host first ever tobacco-free World Cup, UN health agency says

South Korea will ensure a tobacco-free 2002 World Cup when the event kicks off on 31 May 2002, which is also the United Nations-designated World 'No Tobacco' Day, the UN health agency announced today.

Despite disagreements over Kyoto, industry acts to fight global warming: UNEP

Voluntary actions by industry, governments and organizations are leading to small but significant reductions in emissions of global warming gases worldwide, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Energy Council (WEC) said today.

East Timor: head of UN mission delivers first State of the Nation address

The head of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today presented the first State of the Nation address to the East Timorese National Council, giving an in-depth overview of the progress to date and the challenges that lie ahead.

Former head of UN agency, Japanese organization receive UN population award

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today presented the 2001 United Nations Population Award to this year's two winners of the prize - Dr. Nafis Sadik, former Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and to the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning.

Annan says Khmer Rouge trials cannot start until UN-Cambodia MOU is ratified

Noting recent media statements on the possibility that trials of Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia could begin this year, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that no trials could start until a Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations and Cambodia is signed and ratified.

East Timor: 16 parties meet deadline to nominate candidates for election, UN says

Sixteen political parties have nominated candidates to run in the August elections for East Timor's Constituent Assembly, meeting the deadline set for noon local time on Wednesday, UNTAET, the United Nations Transitional Administration in the territory, said today.

UN refugee agency helps Korean family seeking asylum in China

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is attempting to help a family from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea that requested asylum this morning at the organization's office in Beijing, China.

East Timor: donors pledge aid to newly formed defence force

A donor conference chaired by the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) ended today in Dili with representatives of 13 countries indicating they will provide continued support to the newly formed East Timor Defence Force (ETDF).

Top UN relief official urges Taliban to improve working conditions for aid staff

Welcoming the release of four Afghan aid workers, a top United Nations relief official urged the Taliban, who had detained the staff, to improve "in real terms" the working environment for humanitarian personnel in Afghanistan.

East Timor: donor countries meet to raise funds for new defence force

The second international donor's conference of countries committed to assisting the newly formed East Timor Defence Force (ETDF) began today in Dili, under the chairmanship of the head of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).