In message to Pacific Islands Forum, Annan stresses UN-regional cooperation

At a time when the challenges and opportunities of this age of globalization oblige all countries and regions to strengthen their partnerships, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed the need to increase collaboration between the United Nations and regional organizations.

UN Asia-Pacific meeting to focus on fresh ideas to raise development funds

The annual conference of the United Nations regional commission for Asia and the Pacific will focus on finding innovative ways to spark greater international investment in the already-promising and productive economies of the area’s developing countries.

Tokelau's agriculture badly hit by cyclones, UN assessment team says

United Nations emergency assessment teams have found that agriculture has been badly damaged in Tokelau by tropical cyclones in the south Pacific, while the islands of Mauke and Atiu in the Cook Islands chain are not in a state of emergency, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

UN emergency teams report severe damage in cyclone-hit Cook Islands

United Nations emergency assessment teams have found that two islands in the northern group of the Cook Islands were severely battered by Tropical Cyclone Percy late last month.

UN emergency teams assess damage in Pacific islands from Tropical Cyclone Percy

The devastation in several South Pacific islands from Tropical Cyclone Percy has been extensive, with hospitals, schools, housing and even temporary shelters having sustained damage, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

UN sends teams to assess needs after Cyclone Percy hammers South Pacific islands

With Tropical Cyclone Percy having sown widespread destruction on the atolls and islands of the South Pacific, the United Nations is sending emergency teams to Tokelau and the Cook Islands to assess damage and humanitarian needs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Annan urges Asian broadcasters to build open information societies

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged Asian broadcasters to work towards a media policy aimed at building open information societies that benefit all people in the region.

Russia signs UN-backed Asian Highway accord

The largest piece of the jigsaw in the United Nations-backed 140,000-kilometre Asian Highway network of roads linking the vast region from St. Petersburg to Singapore and Seoul to Istanbul has formally fallen into place with the Russian Federation signing the agreement.

Countries vow to reduce poverty in Asia-Pacific region as UN meeting ends

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) ended its 60th session in Shanghai today with the unanimous adoption of the Shanghai Declaration calling for the highest priority to be given to reducing poverty in the vast region that is home to more than half the world’s people.

Annan hails signing of Asian highway pact, challenges Asia and Pacific region

Twenty-three countries signed an agreement today paving the way for the United Nations-planned Asian Highway, a vast 140,000-kilometre-long network of standardized roadways that will link towns from one end of the continent to the other.