Asia Pacific

UN agency kicks off plan to mobilize world youth to protect the environment

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched in Sydney today the first event in a campaign to mobilize the world's children and youth to protect the planet's environment.

Timor-Leste: UN honours four Korean peacekeepers killed in river accident

The United Nations today honoured four peacekeepers from the Republic of Korea who died in a river accident last week in Timor-Leste.

Steep drop in aid for DPR of Korea could endanger child health, UNICEF warns

Warning that the dramatic fall-off in humanitarian aid for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) may soon leave clinics without medicines and supplies - wiping out recent hard-won gains in child health care - the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reiterated an urgent appeal for donations today.

With UN help, Afghanistan gains control of Internet domain name

With the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Afghanistan has officially planted its flag in cyberspace, gaining legal and technical control of the “dot-af” domain for Afghan websites and email addresses.

Thousands of returning Afghans signal start of repatriation season, UN agency says

Thousands of Afghan refugees are returning home from neighbouring countries this week, a sign that the spring repatriation season has started in earnest, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN official ends visit to Kazakhstan stressing ratification of human rights treaties

Winding up a weeklong visit to Kazakhstan, a top United Nations human rights official strongly urged the Government to ratify core international human rights treaties and called for the early adoption of a law on granting refugee status in the country.

Timor-Leste: Security Council hears calls for delay in UN troop cutbacks

Sounding “a warning bell at a critical time,” the top United Nations peacekeeping official urged the Security Council today to delay cutbacks in UN military and police forces in Timor-Leste and to enhance support for local authorities in the face of recent civil disturbances and the increase in the number of armed groups in rural areas.

Senior UN rights official concludes trip to Kyrgyzstan

Wrapping up a two-day visit to Kyrgyzstan, a top United Nations rights official praised the country's promising, constitution-based human rights plan, but stressed the need for the government to forge ahead with real implementation to ensure the Kyrgyz people could freely exercise their civil liberties.

3 new entities subject to UN sanctions against Al-Qaida operatives

The United Nations Security Council committee monitoring sanctions imposed against the Taliban has added three more organizations to its extensive list of entities and persons subject to the measures because of their links to the group or other terrorist operatives.

Despite progress Afghan women still subject to intimidation, violence - UN

Despite progress in some sectors since the overthrow of the Taliban, intimidation and violence against Afghan women continue unabated in rural regions, according to a new report by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.