Asia Pacific

UNICEF works to help prevent malnutrition among youngest Timorese

As Timor-Leste moves into its fourth month of emergency, humanitarian aid workers fear that malnutrition could spread, said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is working to ensure that the country’s youngest citizens receive adequate nutrition.

Thousands more reportedly flee fighting in Sri Lanka, says UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency today called deep concern about the plight of civilians in Sri Lanka caught in the crossfire between the government forces and fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

More Afghans return home from Pakistan camps despite concerns – UN refugee agency

More than 1,000 Afghan refugees, some of whom have lived in camps in Pakistan for more than 25 years, went home this week in one of the year’s biggest return convoys organized by the United Nations refugee agency under its voluntary repatriation programme, which in the past four years has allowed over four million people to go back to Afghanistan.

Timor-Leste: Annan calls for steps to ensure justice for 1999 rights violations

Stressing that there can be no impunity for the serious human rights violations committed in Timor-Leste following its vote for independence in 1999, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended the establishment of a new United Nations programme of international assistance to help the country achieve justice and reconciliation.

UN food agency continues relief efforts in tsunami-hit Indonesia

Over two weeks after a tsunami hit the southern Indonesian coast of Java, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its local partners are continuing to provide relief aid to thousands of people affected by the disaster, which has caused nearly 700 deaths.

New UN project to bring reproductive health outreach services to Nepal

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has announced the launch of a new project to deliver mobile reproductive health services to conflict-affected populations in Nepal.

Afghanistan: UN official honours winners of first-ever girls football competition

A senior United Nations official today presented a trophy to the winners of the first-ever Kabul Girls Football Competition, a milestone event for young women in Afghanistan, where their rights were severely curtailed under the ousted Taliban regime, and voiced hope that sports would inspire them to pursue all of their dreams

Calling on all sides to foster trust, UN team ends assessment mission to Nepal

A high-level United Nations team concluded its assessment mission to strife-torn Nepal today, with the head of the delegation expressing “cautious optimism,” while also calling on all political parties in the Himalayan kingdom to continue to build trust with each other, particularly in the area of managing forces and weaponry.

Annan calls for relief access in strife-torn Sri Lanka, immediate end to fighting

Expressing deep concern about increasing violence in Sri Lanka, particularly the escalation caused by a water dispute in the northeast, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all sides to cease hostilities immediately, allow humanitarian agencies unimpeded access to those affected and resume peace talks.

UN Special Representative to Timor-Leste calls for calm as justice takes course

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Timor-Leste today called for calm and for the observance of the rule of law to allow justice to take its course in dealing with the outbreak of violence in April that forced tens of thousands of people in the small country to flee their homes.