Asia Pacific

Security Council tightens sanctions against Taliban and Al-Qaida

The Security Council today tightened the sanctions regime against the Taliban and Al-Qaida in what the President of the 15-member UN body called a significant step forward in the struggle against terrorism.

UN Mission to Afghanistan steps up moves to help women register for polls

The United Nations Mission to Afghanistan reported today that it is intensifying efforts to support women's participation in the electoral process, focusing its initiatives on those cities where the female turnout to register to vote is low.

Afghanistan: UN official voices outrage at suicide attacks on international forces

The senior United Nations official in Afghanistan today voiced shock and outrage at a spate of suicide attacks against the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), pledging that efforts to restore peace to the war-ravaged country will continue.

Annan holds “very good” talks with China's President Hu

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan held wide-ranging talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Paris today, reviewing regional hotspots and UN reform.

Production of vaccine against bird flu could take months - UN official

The production of a vaccine against 'bird flu'- a new outbreak which so far has caused a number of deaths but is not spreading among people - could take several months, a senior United Nations health official said today.

Fréchette reviews AIDS awareness projects in India

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today visited an anti-AIDS project in India before holding talks on key international concerns with senior Indian officials.

Rising demand for peacekeeping stretches UN's resources, Fréchette says

Poorer countries are providing the greatest contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations but even this support is insufficient to meet rising demands, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said today in India.

UN agencies call for urgent funding to prevent bird flu becoming global threat

With the unprecedented spread of “bird flu” in Asia raising the spectre of a human pandemic and causing disaster for agricultural production, United Nations agencies today appealed to international donors to provide funds and technical assistance to help eliminate the global threat, including the mass killing of infected birds.

Human cases of ‘bird flu’ confirmed in south Viet Nam, UN health agency says

Two more human cases of avian influenza, or “bird flu,” have been confirmed in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam – the first to come from the country’s south, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

Top UN rights official calls for probe into Cambodian union leader's murder

The top United Nations human rights official today condemned the recent murder of a Cambodian trade union leader and appealed to the Cambodian authorities to do their utmost in order to bring the killers and their masters to justice.