Asia Pacific

Perpetrators of shrine bombing in Pakistan must be brought to justice – Secretary-General

Reacting with outrage to the deadly bomb attack in a shrine today in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the perpetrators should be held accountable for the crime.

UNICEF helps Afghanistan get ready for new school year

As more than 4 million Afghan children prepare to return to school from next week after a particularly harsh winter, the United Nations Children’s (UNICEF) has been helping the Ministry of Education to provide basic classroom stationery and materials to schools nationwide.

UN moves towards resolving refugee situation in ex-Soviet Central Asian states

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that, together with Turkmenistan's government, it had completed the country's first ever registration of all refugees, in a major step toward resolving the situation arising from conflicts in nearby Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

Brunei Darussalam becomes UNESCO’s 191st Member State

Brunei Darussalam today became the 191st member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the specialized agency founded in1945 to serve as a laboratory of ideas, a standard-setter for universal accords on ethical issues and a clearinghouse for sharing information and knowledge.

UNESCO deplores ‘tragic frequency’ of murder of journalists in Philippines

Condemning the murder of two more Philippine journalists in just over two weeks, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the “tragic frequency” with which journalists are assassinated in the southeast Asian country.

$148 million needed to run Afghan parliamentary elections, UN tells donors

Afghanistan's electoral authorities need some $148 million in funding to ensure that national and local parliamentary elections scheduled for later this year are conducted fairly and transparently, the United Nations has told a donor conference in the capital Kabul.

Black Eyed Peas and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon aid UN tsunami relief

Following in the footsteps of football players from the United States and an Australian rugby star, will.i.am of the famed US hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas and Malaysian movie star Michelle Yeoh have become the latest celebrities to aid the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in its emergency tsunami relief operations.

Aide to UN envoy for tsunami relief leaves today for devastated region

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed a top aide of former United States President Bill Clinton, temporarily sidelined as Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery by recent surgery, as deputy envoy to leave immediately for the Indian Ocean countries devastated by last December's disaster to assess the state of the region.

Tokelau's agriculture badly hit by cyclones, UN assessment team says

United Nations emergency assessment teams have found that agriculture has been badly damaged in Tokelau by tropical cyclones in the south Pacific, while the islands of Mauke and Atiu in the Cook Islands chain are not in a state of emergency, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Samoa becomes UN labour agency’s 178th member

The small South Pacific country of Samoa has become the 178th Member State of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.