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Latest news on the Asia-Pacific region from the United Nations

  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today hailed strides being made to “green” the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games through the use of solar power and other measures but cautioned that more should be done to address air pollution, offset greenhouse gas emissions and boost public transport use.
    UN News Centre on 25 October 2007
  • The United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar today wrapped up his consultations in Beijing, as he continues his six-nation tour of regional capitals ahead of a planned return to the South-East Asian nation in early November.
    UN News Centre on 25 October 2007
  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Myanmar has arrived in Beijing, where he is expected to encourage the Chinese Government to do more to push the South-East Asian nation towards democratization and national reconciliation.
    UN News Centre on 24 October 2007
  • The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has conferred its highest award, the Agricola Medal, on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his contribution to agricultural and social development in Turkey.
    UN News Centre on 12 July 2007
  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, today wrapped up his meetings in New Delhi with Indian officials, part of his current round of consultations in major Asian capitals, a spokesperson for the world body said.
    UN News Centre on 12 July 2007
  • Timor-Leste’s Court of Appeals has formally proclaimed the results of last month’s national parliamentary elections in the small Asian country, where no single political party has won an absolute majority, a United Nations spokesperson said today.
    UN News Centre on 12 July 2007
  • The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that, following forced suspension in May due to insecurity, food delivery has resumed along the southern ring road – a major artery linking Kandahar to the western province of Herat and the site of most incidents involving WFP deliveries.
    UN News Centre on 11 July 2007
  • An inspection team from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the next few days to implement agreements to monitor the shutdown and eventual abandonment of the Yongbyon nuclear facilities.
    UN News Centre on 11 July 2007
  • One day after the Security Council tightened the sanctions it has imposed against Iran over its uranium-enrichment activities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the country to take steps to restore trust that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.
    UN News Centre on 25 March 2007
  • The United Nations Security Council acted unanimously today to tighten sanctions on Iran, imposing a ban on arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets, in response to the country’s uranium-enrichment activities, which Tehran says are for peaceful purposes but which other countries contend are driven by military ambitions.
    UN News Centre on 24 March 2007
  • The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) by another year, welcoming the mission’s recently expanded presence in the provinces and voicing concern at the harm caused by the production and trafficking of opium.
    UN News Centre on 23 March 2007
  • Welcoming the end of voter registration and the official start of the campaigning period for next month’s presidential election in Timor-Leste, the chief United Nations envoy to the small country today reminded all eight candidates to play their part to ensure that the poll is free and fair and conducted without violence.
    UN News Centre on 23 March 2007
  • The long-term development of the Asia-Pacific region is being threatened by a lack of investment in infrastructure, according to a United Nations-sponsored meeting which ended today with a call to back a proposal to set up a new regional body to raise funds.
    UN News Centre on 22 March 2007