Asia Pacific

UN expert voices ‘serious concern’ over detention conditions for immigrants in Australia

Immigrants in Australia can face long periods of detention, children are sometimes separated from their parents, and due process is often inadequate, according to a report released today by a United Nations human rights expert who just returned from the country.

Annan dispatches envoy back to Myanmar in hopes of spurring national reconciliation

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, will send his Special Envoy to Myanmar early next month in a bid to help facilitate the country's national reconciliation process, a UN spokesman announced today.

UN was not pressured to suppress internal report on Afghanistan - UN spokesman

The United States did not pressure the United Nations to suppress an internal report produced following the bombing in Uruzgan earlier this month, a UN spokesman said today.

Singaporean general named next commander of UN peacekeepers in East Timor

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to appoint a Singaporean general as the next commander of the United Nations peacekeeping forces serving with the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).

US and Afghan authorities receive internal UN report on Uruzgan bombing

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today reported that it had given United States and Afghan authorities copies of an internal UN report produced following the bombing in Uruzgan earlier this month.

Bangladesh: nearly 1 million children to get food boost through UN feeding programme

In a bid to boost nutrition for school children, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a massive feeding programme for more than 900,000 youngsters in Bangladesh.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea still needs more food aid, UN agencies warn

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) urgently needs new foreign assistance to help plug a food gap threatening millions of its most vulnerable citizens ahead of the main harvests this autumn, warns a new United Nations report released today.

UN team finalizing report on bombing in Afghanistan, UN spokesman says

The senior United Nations official in Afghanistan has requested more work on a preliminary report concerning a bombing incident earlier this month in Uruzgan, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

Afghanistan: UN envoy welcomes adoption of anti-landmine treaty

The United Nations top official in Afghanistan – the world’s most mine-infested country – today hailed the country’s decision to adopt an international treaty banning the deadly weapons.

UN Development Fund for Women to assist Afghanistan under new agreement

Aiming to correct longstanding gender discrimination in Afghanistan, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) will provide the country's Ministry for Women's Affairs with some $1.4 million under a new capacity-building agreement signed today in New York.