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

  • Sukehiro Hasegawa, the current deputy of the United Nations mission in Timor-Leste, has been named the new chief of the UN operation following an exchange of letters between Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council.
    UN News Centre on 25 May 2004
  • With one person dying every 45 seconds from food- and water-borne diseases in Asia and the Pacific alone, the area faces serious risks in densely populated zones, two United Nations agencies said today at the start of a regional meeting seeking to head off future threats to public health and international trade.
    UN News Centre on 24 May 2004
  • Surging opium production in Afghanistan is contributing to instability and even terror campaigns in the war-ravaged country, the United Nations' most senior anti-drugs official said today on the eve of an international conference on the issue.
    UN News Centre on 6 February 2004
  • United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced hope that the international community will give "generous and timely" assistance to the Government and people of Indonesia following today's earthquake in the country's Papua province.
    UN News Centre on 6 February 2004
  • Responding to an upsurge of abuses in Nepal, a senior United Nations official today urged action on an accord governing human rights in the country.
    UN News Centre on 6 February 2004
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will start work in April on a scheme across Afghanistan to refurbish judicial facilities and train judicial officers on gender awareness, prosecutions and case handling.
    UN News Centre on 5 February 2004
  • While considerable progress has been made in the Asia-Pacific region towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) such as halving extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, some 766 million people there still live on less than $1 a day, a senior United Nations official told a workshop in Manila today.
    UN News Centre on 4 February 2004
  • Wars in Africa will command the attention of the United Nations Security Council, but the 15-member panel will also closely track events in Iraq and the Middle East, the President for February said today.
    UN News Centre on 4 February 2004
  • Two United Nations agencies joining forces with the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) today began an urgent expert meeting to discuss the outbreak of avian influenza, or "bird flu," and to draw up a coordinated response.
    UN News Centre on 3 February 2004
  • Responding to a spate of attacks on relief personnel in Afghanistan, the United Nations refugee agency today condemned the trend while vowing to continue its work on behalf of the country's beleaguered people.
    UN News Centre on 5 October 2003
  • The first few dozen Sri Lankan child soldiers released by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been placed in a transit centre that was formally opened today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in the first stage of a new programme to prepare them for civilian life and reunite them with their families.
    UN News Centre on 3 October 2003
  • More than 1 million girls in Afghanistan have entered schools since the fall of the Taliban, which banned their attendance, in “a testament to the courage and wisdom of the Afghan people, and the generosity of the international community,” the United Nations children’s agency said today.
    UN News Centre on 2 October 2003
  • United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy for Myanmar has urged its government to release detained democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials of her party, a UN spokesman said today.
    UN News Centre on 2 October 2003