Asia Pacific

Afghanistan: donation from Germany will boost UN efforts to help poor farmers

United Nations efforts to help farming families affected by drought in Afghanistan will get an infusion of badly needed funds with the contribution of $232,000 announced by the Government of Germany, the UN said today.

East Timor: UN lauds move to dissolve CNRT resistance organization

Sergio Vieira de Mello, the head of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), has called the dissolution of the East Timor resistance umbrella organization CNRT a difficult and painful decision, but a "politically courageous, wise and timely one."

Millions of Afghans face starvation as crops fail, UN agencies warn

Millions of people are facing starvation in Afghanistan, where the food supply has been undermined by the combined effects of consecutive droughts and a crumbling economy, according to a special alert released today by two United Nations food agencies.

United Nations mission in East Timor to hold conference on defence force

Fourteen countries have confirmed their participation in the second international conference of countries willing to help develop the future East Timor Defence Force (ETDF), the United Nations mission in East Timor announced today.

UN relief coordinator urges strong response to appeal for Afghanistan

The head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today urged "a strong and quick response" to an appeal for Afghanistan, where an estimated $800,000 per day will be needed for the relief effort this year.

Progress in transfer of power to East Timorese 'impressive:' head of UN mission

The effort of recruiting, selecting and placing East Timorese as civil servants during the territory's transition to independence - a process called "Timorization" - has displayed "impressive numbers," the head of the United Nations mission there said today.

In letter to Annan, former King of Afghanistan urges aid to country's people

The former King of Afghanistan has written to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealing for aid to Afghans living both in their country and in refugee camps in neighbouring States.

UN mission reports successful registration of Timorese refugees in Indonesia

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today reported that the electoral registration of East Timorese refugees in Indonesia's West Timor province had been carried out successfully.

UN warns that Asia-Pacific region faces growing environmental threats

Asia and the Pacific face daunting environmental challenges that require an urgent international response, according to a just-released report by the United Nations regional commission.

Security Council debates proposed measures to monitor sanctions against Taliban

Members of the Security Council today held a day-long open debate on a proposal to establish a new United Nations monitoring mechanism aimed at strengthening the international arms embargo against the Taliban and keeping track of terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.