Asia Pacific

Iraq earns additional $252 million under UN 'oil-for-food' programme

Exporting 12 million barrels of crude over the past week, Iraq has earned an additional €287 million (euros), or $252 million, under the "oil-for-food" programme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief.

UN relief agencies pitch in to help Pakistan flood areas

United Nations relief agencies have donated food and other supplies to two provinces in Pakistan hit recently by devastating floods, the UN Information Centre in the country said today.

Annan condemns attack on Sri Lanka airport

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned the recent attack by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) against Sri Lanka's international airport, and urged all sides to make every effort to find peace.

Severe spring drought worsens food situation in DPR Korea, UN agencies warn

A three-month spring drought has seriously aggravated the already precarious food situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, two United Nations aid agencies warned today.

UNICEF 'Goodwill Ambassador' Tetsuko Kuroyanagi visits Afghanistan

Japanese celebrity Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is in Afghanistan this week to raise awareness about the plight of the country's women and children.

UN sets up observer mission to monitor Fiji elections

The United Nations today announced that it would send an observer mission to Fiji to monitor next month's general elections and the immediate post-election environment.

Over173,000 East Timorese inspect voter list as deadline nears: UN mission

A day ahead of the deadline for challenging and confirming voter eligibility, more than 173,000 East Timorese have already inspected the voter list for next month's elections, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) announced today.

General Assembly authorizes UN monitors for Fiji elections

As part of the effort to promote and consolidate new or restored democracies, the United Nations General Assembly today authorized Secretary-General Kofi Annan to establish an observer mission to monitor general elections and the immediate post-election environment in Fiji.

East Timorese making broad advances towards independence: Annan

The past six months in East Timor have been "a most productive period," during which the East Timorese people made broad advances towards independence and self-government, according to a new report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan released today.

UN refugee agency concerned over anti-Afghan violence in Iran

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is increasingly concerned about outbursts of violence directed against Afghans living in Iran, a spokesman for the agency said today.