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

  • 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
  • Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy to Myanmar met today with that nation's detained democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a United Nations spokesman confirmed.
    UN News Centre on 1 October 2003
  • United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s special envoy to Myanmar arrived in the South Asian country again today on a three-day mission in a bid to secure the release of detained democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials of her party.
    UN News Centre on 30 September 2003
  • The United Nations refugee agency opened its annual top level meeting today with a reaffirmation of its commitment to Iraq, where most international staff have been temporarily withdrawn, and a pledge to work closely with local authorities to help hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis eventually return home.
    UN News Centre on 29 September 2003
  • United Nations Legal Counsel Hans Corell is preparing to travel to Cambodia to finalize an agreement with the government on establishing special courts to try the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge, a UN spokesman said today.
    UN News Centre on 28 May 2003
  • United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today paid tribute to the memory of scores of Spanish and a dozen Ukrainian personnel serving in Afghanistan who perished when their aircraft went down after leaving the mission area.
    UN News Centre on 26 May 2003
  • Under new measures tailored to the fluctuating security situation in various parts of Afghanistan, armed escorts today accompanied a United Nations team which set out to visit internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country.
    UN News Centre on 25 May 2003
  • Warning that a humanitarian crisis is "exploding" in the Indonesian province of Aceh, where renewed fighting has already displaced more than 20,000 children, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today called on the warring factions to ensure that education facilities are deemed zones of peace, and that they are not targeted, damaged or destroyed.
    UN News Centre on 23 May 2003
  • The United Nations health agency today lifted its warning against all but essential travel from two major SARS areas – Hong Kong, which has reported the second highest number of cases and deaths from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, and China’s Guangdong Province, where the new disease first emerged in November.
    UN News Centre on 23 May 2003