Asia Pacific

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.

Over 75 per cent of Timorese people registered for elections so far: UN mission

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today reported that over 75 per cent of the East Timorese population had been registered to vote in the August elections for a Constituent Assembly.

Security Council: Bangladesh takes over presidency, stresses need for openness

The chief United Nations delegate of Bangladesh, which has just assumed the monthly rotating presidency of the Security Council, said today he would adopt an action-oriented and open approach during his month-long term.