Asia Pacific

Thousands of Afghans seeking refugee status in Pakistan register with UN agency

Afghans have been coming forward in increasing numbers to register at two screening centres in northwest Pakistan, which will later determine whether they are granted refugee status or must return home, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN says Taliban will grant visas to diplomats to discuss detained aid workers

The Taliban authorities, who have detained several foreign nationals for allegedly attempting to propagate religion in Afghanistan, will grant visas to diplomats from the countries concerned, a United Nations spokesman announced today.

Annan offers UN help to humanitarian efforts in flood-stricken Iran

As Iran assesses the damage from flash floods that struck the north-eastern part of the country over the past few days, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the United Nations stood ready to help the Tehran Government in its relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Thai general appointed head of UN peacekeeping force in East Timor

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of a senior military officer from Thailand as the next commander of United Nations peacekeepers in East Timor.

World Bank report urges environmentally safe approach to China's development strategy

Despite the serious environmental toll extracted over the last two decades of phenomenal economic growth in China, a new report by the World Bank says the Government can build an environmentally sustainable future, but only by changing its development strategy.

Cambodia: UN to review draft law on special court to try Khmer Rouge leaders

The United Nations will study legislation signed today in Cambodia on a special court to try Khmer Rouge leaders, according to a UN spokesman.

UN proposes committee to investigate fatal shooting of Indonesian soldier

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) has proposed setting up a committee to fully review last month's shooting of an Indonesian soldier by New Zealand peacekeepers.

UN charges four East Timorese militia with crimes against humanity

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) has indicted four militia members for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the violence surrounding the 1999 popular consultation.

Responding to UN appeal, Japan pledges humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

The Government of Japan has contributed more than $400,000 to improve basic living conditions of Afghans, with the money set to focus on community empowerment, water and sanitation, the Office of the United Nations Coordinator for Afghanistan announced today.

UN welcomes approval of draft law on Cambodian trials

The United Nations today welcomed Cambodia's approval of a law to set up a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity.