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

  • United Nations officials today described the recently ended observer mission in Bougainville as an overall success that helped lead to the end of the violence in the province which had fought a years-long secessionist fight against Papua New Guinea.
    UN News Centre on 22 August 2005
  • Deeply concerned by the recent violence and loss of life in Uzbekistan’s eastern city of Andijan, the top United Nations human rights official is urging that an independent investigation be conducted to look into the causes and circumstances of the incidents.
    UN News Centre on 19 May 2005
  • With the situation “calmed” in Jalalabad after last week’s violent demonstrations and attacks on United Nations offices, the UN mission in Afghanistan today said it is sending back to the city a core group of essential international staff.
    UN News Centre on 19 May 2005
  • The United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) wrapped up its annual session today by approving a landmark decision to establish in the UN’s first information and communications technology training centre for the region.
    UN News Centre on 18 May 2005
  • After a weekend of deadly violence, and with ongoing tension in the Uzbek city of Andijan and the region around it, the United Nations refugee agency today called on the Governments of both Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to leave open their common boarder to panicked civilians fleeing for safety.
    UN News Centre on 17 May 2005
  • Demands for Internet connectivity and revamped transportation infrastructure in Asia-Pacific countries in a climate of slumping foreign investment in the region will mean finding innovative ways to boost financing for development, the head of the United Nations regional commission said today.
    UN News Centre on 17 May 2005
  • The United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Bill Clinton met today with leading humanitarian agencies based in the United Kingdom for talks on how to speed up delivery of aid to the hardest-hit survivors of the 26 December tragedy.
    UN News Centre on 17 May 2005
  • More than 1 million of the up to 3 million Afghans still living in exile in Pakistan and Iran are likely to return home in the next two years with the prospects for improved security, and it is “absolutely crucial” that international donor commitment remains high, according to the head of the United Nations refugee agency.
    UN News Centre on 18 February 2005
  • United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the composition of an independent Commission of Experts to review the prosecution of serious human rights violations committed in 1999 in Timor-Leste after the former Portuguese colony occupied by Indonesia in 1974 voted for independence.
    UN News Centre on 18 February 2005
  • United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his regret that the national convention in Myanmar reconvened Thursday without the participation of the National League for Democracy (NLD) – the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi – and other political groups and called on the country's authorities to make the process more inclusive.
    UN News Centre on 18 February 2005
  • With help from the United Nations agencies for children and public health, Kazakhstan will begin a campaign to inoculate nearly 1.5 million young people over the next two weeks against measles and rubella in an effort to end an outbreak that began last September.
    UN News Centre on 18 February 2005
  • December’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami inflicted a loss of more than half a billion dollars on the fishing sector of the seven worst-affected countries, with over 111,000 vessels destroyed or damaged, 36,000 engines lost and 1.7 million units of fishing gear ruined, according to latest United Nations figures released today.
    UN News Centre on 17 February 2005
  • Afghanistan has passed a new landmark in its demobilization efforts after two decades of war and factional conflict, with more than 40,000 combatants now disarmed, about four-fifths of the total outside the national army, the United Nations mission announced today.
    UN News Centre on 17 February 2005