Asia Pacific

DPR Korea: Annan hails resumption of talks on nuclear programme, urges early meeting

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has repeatedly called on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to return to the six-party talks seeking to resolve the issue of its nuclear programme, today hailed news of their resumption and called for an early meeting.

All Timorese share ‘responsibility’ for the success of 2007 elections: UN poll experts

After arriving for their first official visit in Timor-Leste, a team of United Nations experts charged with verifying next year’s elections in the strife-torn nation, said today that all Timorese are responsible for the success of the polls, and stressed their importance in building stability after deadly violence erupted earlier this year.

UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery receives reports on restoration progress

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, former United States President Bill Clinton, is attending two meetings in New York today, including one at which leading U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) will present a series of reports on lessons learned from their recovery work.

Afghanistan: UN helps 15,000 displaced families in strife-torn south of country

With fighting flaring in southern Afghanistan the United Nations, along with the Government and international donors, is assisting some 15,000 families displaced in three southern provinces.

UN-backed meeting warns low-rate HIV countries in Asia-Pacific against complacency

Asian and Pacific countries with low rates of HIV infection, far from being lulled into complacency, must improve surveillance and adequately fund national AIDS action plans, a United Nations-backed conference has concluded.

Secretary-General calls for peaceful elections in Bangladesh

Expressing concern at election-related violence in Bangladesh, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to the country’s major political forces “to work together to find a common ground for the elections acting in the interest of democracy and the welfare of the entire nation.”

Sri Lanka: food and fuel shortages hit north after renewed fighting, UNICEF reports

The 600,000 inhabitants of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Peninsula, already buffeted by decades of conflict, are now facing food and fuel shortages as a result of a recent upsurge in fighting between Tamil separatists and Government forces, with many businesses closed due to security concerns, according to the latest update from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Top UN political officer discusses Korean peninsula, Darfur, other issues in Seoul

Wrapping up his three-nation trip to Asia, the top United Nations political officer today met with the Republic of Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister to discuss developments on the Korean peninsula, the situation in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region and other issues.

Afghanistan: UN ‘very concerned’ at reports of many civilian deaths in military operation

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today expressed deep concern at reports that a large number of civilians may have died during the conduct of military operations yesterday in the south of the war-torn country.

Top UN political officer discusses peace and security, greater cooperation in Japan

Continuing his three-nation trip to Asia, the United Nations top political officer today discussed peace and security issues with senior Japanese officials in Tokyo after arriving from China.