Asia Pacific

Pledging conference held at UN to raise funds for special Khmer Rouge court

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today asked donors to support a special court set up in Cambodia with United Nations assistance to try ageing leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime accused of killing hundreds of thousands of civilians in the country during the 1970s.

UN on alert after new Indian Ocean quake, calls for speeding up early warning

United Nations offices throughout the area hit by last December's tsunami are on alert after a new earthquake struck the west coast of Indonesia today, and though no tsunamis have been reported this time, the shocks are a wake-up call for the world to speed up an early-warning system for the region, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator said.

Security Council extends UN mission in Afghanistan for another year

Stressing the urgent need to tackle ongoing challenges in Afghanistan including the fight against narcotics, terrorist threats and timely preparation for elections, the Security Council today unanimously extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the country for another 12 months through 24 March 2006.

UN-backed Asia-Pacific meeting told high growth environmentally unsustainable

The first high-level major environmental conference since last December's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami opened today in Seoul, Republic of Korea, under United Nations auspices with a warning that high economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region is environmentally unsustainable.

UN refugee agency ends emergency tsunami relief operations in Indonesia

The United Nations refugee agency is phasing out its emergency tsunami operations in Indonesia's Aceh province as the Government moves from relief to reconstruction, and expects to end by tomorrow what was an unprecedented programme for a body mandated normally to protect only those fleeing violence or persecution.

After feeding snowbound Afghans, UN agency shifts gear to aid flood-stricken

After weeks of struggling to provide food to more than 100,000 snowbound Afghans, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is shifting gear in step with the weather to help tens of thousands of people now facing floods from melting snow and torrential rains.

UN tsunami envoy brings words of encouragement to humanitarian workers

A senior United Nations envoy for reconstruction in countries hit by December's tsunami has wrapped up a two-day visit to Sri Lanka with a message of encouragement for the humanitarian workers toiling day and night on the front lines of the disaster.

Charity rugby international raises nearly $3.35 million for UN tsunami relief

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received its largest single donation ever from a sporting event – nearly $3.35 million from a fundraising rugby game between the northern and southern hemispheres held earlier this month at Twickenham, England, to help the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Afghanistan will need international help to build future beyond elections, Security Council told

Afghanistan will need sustained international help way beyond September’s legislative elections marking the completion of the Bonn accord that set up the country’s transitional phase after the ouster of the Taliban regime in 2001, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report delivered today.

Annan welcomes plans for dialogue in Kyrgyzstan, deplores violence

With demonstrators in south Kyrgyzstan still protesting last month's election results in the Central Asian country, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today deplored violence and welcomed President Askar Akayev's proposal to begin a dialogue.