Asia Pacific

Nearly 175 Timorese families displaced in 2006 fighting to return home – UN

Nearly 175 families uprooted in the violence that swept through Timor-Leste three years ago are set to return to their homes today, a move welcomed by the United Nations as a breakthrough in efforts to tackle the issue internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the young nation that the world body helped shepherd to independence in 2002.

New UN envoy discusses Afghanistan with United States officials

The new United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has just wrapped two days of meetings with United States officials in Washington, D.C., during which they expressed their full support for the world body’s efforts in the strife-torn nation.

Afghanistan: UN mission voices outrage at latest suicide attack

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the suicide bombing that killed a number of civilians in the country’s eastern Nangarhar province today, just two days after terrorists struck a parade in Kabul that was attended by President Hamid Karzai and other dignitaries.

Timor-Leste: UN welcomes surrender of fugitives linked to attack on President

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today welcomed the surrender of 12 armed fugitives wanted in connection with the assassination attempt on the President in February.

Slovak diplomat set to head UN preventive diplomacy centre in Central Asia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his plan to appoint an experienced Slovak diplomat as the head of the new United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA).

Efforts to reach Asia-Pacific development targets threatened by gaps – UN

Without filling gaps in key areas – including child and maternal mortality, environmental sustainability and water and sanitation – countries of the Asia-Pacific region may not be able to meet all of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a new United Nations-backed report cautioned.

Grave human rights violations against children continue in Philippines, UN finds

Both rebel and Government forces have killed and maimed children during ongoing conflicts in the Philippines, according to a report released today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

UN gardening scheme provides fresh start for Afghan women, ex-combatants

A United Nations gardening and literacy project for Afghan women and ex-combatants seeks to pave the way to peace and prosperity in the war-torn nation.

Asia-Pacific must encourage sustainable, efficient energy use – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Asia-Pacific countries to promote the sustainable and efficient use of energy, given the backdrop of surging oil prices and the health problems caused by traditional fuels.

Security Council urges perpetrators of Kabul attack be brought to justice

The Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack on an official ceremony in the Afghan capital, Kabul, which was attended by President Hamid Karzai and other dignitaries, and urged that those responsible for this “reprehensible” act be brought to justice.