Asia Pacific

In Timor-Leste, UN reports situation calm despite some clashes involving opposition

Despite isolated clashes involving martial arts and political opposition groups, the overall situation in Timor-Leste has remained “calm and stable” since May, when the Catholic Church and the Timorese Government peacefully resolved their dispute over religious teaching in schools, the senior United Nations envoy for the world’s newest country reported to the Security Council today.

Iranian official meets UN atomic watchdog chief on country’s nuclear plans

The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons today had a “constructive” meeting with a senior Iranian official on ways to resolve issues over the country’s nuclear programme.

Timor-Leste: UN political mission puts emphasis on assistance coordination

The residual United Nations mission in Timor-Leste is placing special emphasis on setting up a framework for sustainable international development assistance by the end of its mandate next May, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report.

Afghanistan: Security Council condemns attempts to disrupt upcoming elections

With preparations for Afghanistan’s legislative elections taking place in the shadow of escalating violence, the United Nations Security Council today condemned “terrorist acts or other forms of violence” aimed at disrupting the political process, and called on the international community to make up a nearly $30 million shortfall to fund the poll.

Sri Lankan journalist’s murder will only foment more violence – UNESCO

In yet another appeal for the protection of reporters, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the murder of a Sri Lankan journalist as a blow to efforts to achieve peace in the Indian Ocean island.

Afghanistan: UN-Afghan monitors call for tighter security ahead of elections

Despite the positive impact of campaigning and voter registration ahead of Afghanistan’s parliamentary and provincial elections, the joint United Nations-Afghan team is urging national and international security forces to respond quickly to keep the process on track, amid escalating violence against candidates, election workers and others.

Observer mission in Bougainville an overall success – UN officials

United Nations officials today described the recently ended observer mission in Bougainville as an overall success that helped lead to the end of the violence in the province which had fought a years-long secessionist fight against Papua New Guinea.

Despite progress, women’s health faces challenges in tsunami-hit countries – UN

Less than half of the monies committed for women’s reproductive health, safety and equality in parts of South Asia devastated by the tsunami last December have been used, according to a six-month progress report issued by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In fight against hunger, UN helps develop food atlas for Indonesia

A new tool in the war on hunger in Indonesia was unveiled today by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Agriculture, a 135-page compilation of colour-coded maps and charts that provides the first comprehensive analysis of all the many dimensions of food insecurity.

UN-backed Global Fund terminates grants to Myanmar

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has terminated grant agreements with Myanmar totalling more than $35 million because it said its programme could not be managed effectively given new restrictions.