Asia Pacific

At Oslo meeting, donors pledge continued support for East Timor

Donor countries meeting in Norway have voiced satisfaction with East Timor's progress and stressed the need to sustain the momentum of the gains made so far, the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said today.

Afghanistan: reports of displaced persons on the rise, UN aid workers say

Reports of people being displaced from their homes in a number of areas around Afghanistan are rising, and access for humanitarian workers still remains difficult in parts of the country, United Nations relief officials said today.

Annan condemns terrorist attack on India's Parliament as 'senseless violence'

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today voiced his outrage at the terrorist attack on India's Parliament in New Delhi, in which at least 13 people were killed.

Security Council encourages Bougainville parties to quickly implement peace settlement

Welcoming the signing earlier this year of a peace agreement for Bougainville, which ended 12 years of fighting, Security Council members today encouraged the parties to implement the plan as soon as possible in order to achieve a "definitive settlement" of the conflict.

In Islamabad, Brahimi briefs Pakistani President on talks with Afghan leaders in Kabul

The United Nations chief envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, held a very “cordial and friendly” meeting with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, thanking the President for his country’s support of the UN’s efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan, UN officials said today.

Afghanistan: UN relief efforts gradually overcoming security, access problems

The pace of United Nations relief efforts has quickened in recent days, as security and access problems are gradually being overcome, UN officials on the ground said today.

East Timor convicts 10 in first crimes against humanity case

Ten people affiliated with a pro-autonomy militia were convicted today in East Timor’s first trial for crimes against humanity, committed during the violence surrounding the 1999 United Nations-sponsored popular consultation.

UN health agency launches major anti-measles drive to protect Afghan children

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced a major drive against measles in Afghanistan, where the relatively benign disease kills thousands of the country's most vulnerable children.

Asian countries look for ways to reduce urban poor at UN-backed meeting

Alleviating poverty was high on the agenda as delegates gathered in Bangkok today at a meeting organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to review the region’s progress in achieving goals set by recent global and regional action plans.

Brahimi meets in Kabul with Afghanistan's designated leaders

The Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, today held a series of meetings in the country's capital to discuss the transfer of power scheduled to take place next week.