Asia Pacific

Nepal: UN food programme warns its activities threatened by conflict

The United Nations emergency feeding agency has expressed concern that fighting between the Government of Nepal and Maoist rebels is severely hampering its ability to help hundreds of thousands of hungry people by endangering its staff.

UN human rights official deplores executions in Uzbekistan

Deploring the reported execution in Uzbekistan of people allegedly tortured into confessing and the government's disregard of United Nations pleas for a stay, a senior UN human rights official today called on the Central Asian country to set a moratorium on the death penalty and urgently consider abolishing it.

Threat from Al-Qaida and Taliban constantly evolving, Security Council told

Calling on the Security Council "to stay ahead of the curve," the head of the Council's committee that monitors sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban said today the world needs "to think of new ways to defeat terrorism and its perpetrators" because the threat from the two groups keeps changing.

Security Council condemns attacks against UN offices in Afghanistan

Security Council members today condemned Sunday's violent scenes in the troubled Afghan city of Herat, where the regional offices and compounds of the United Nations mission and agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were ransacked and seriously damaged, forcing dozens of UN staff to be relocated to the capital Kabul.

Annan condemns attacks on UN and partners in western Afghanistan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned today's attacks against United Nations offices, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Independent Human Rights Commission in strife-torn western Afghanistan's Herat province.

Afghanistan: UN envoy hails appointment of new governors in troubled western provinces

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today hailed the appointment of new governors in the troubled provinces of Herat and Ghor and underscored the importance of reconciliation ahead of elections scheduled for next month.

Asia-Pacific region urges more holistic approach to achieving gender equality

Recommitting themselves to achieving gender equality and empowering women for decades to come, countries from Asia and the Pacific meeting at the United Nations regional commission in Bangkok (ESCAP) today called for a more all-embracing approach to understanding the issue.

'World Culture Open' holds inaugural conference at United Nations

Ministers from around the world meeting at the United Nations today discussed how to use the arts to spread peace, as the World Culture Open, a new international non-profit organization working to promote reconciliation, held its inaugural conference.

Annan condemns deadly terrorist car bomb in Indonesia

Voicing horror at the car bomb explosion today near the Australian Embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta which reportedly killed at least eight people and injured more than 100 others, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan again repudiated all terrorist actions.

Afghanistan: UN mission raps attack on aid workers and government response

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned an attack earlier this week against a local office of a non-governmental organization (NGO) that left 10 staff wounded and also criticized provincial authorities for not doing more to protect aid workers.