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

  • 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meeting today with a reaffirmation of its commitment to Iraq, where most international staff have been temporarily withdrawn, and a pledge to work closely with local authorities to help hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis eventually return home.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
  • 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
  • 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 number of United Nations-assisted returns of Afghan refugees so far this year reached 100,000 today, only a quarter of the rate for the same period last year, the UN refugee agency said.
    UN News Centre on 22 May 2003
  • The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today the creation of a new public-private initiative to fight the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and build surveillance facilities in China as well as the surrounding region.
    UN News Centre on 22 May 2003
  • Despite the remaining obstacles, the Bougainville peace agreement can be fully implemented before the end of the year, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today, stressing that international support to the island will be more critical than ever.
    UN News Centre on 28 March 2003
  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the European Union have teamed up to support peer counselling and promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in seven Asian countries.
    UN News Centre on 28 March 2003
  • Recognizing that the United Nations must continue to play its central and impartial role in efforts to assist the Afghan people to consolidate peace and rebuild their country, the Security Council today decided to extend the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another 12 months.
    UN News Centre on 28 March 2003
  • Stressing the reprehensible nature of targeting humanitarian workers, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he expects authorities in Afghanistan to make every effort to find those responsible for the brutal murder of an aid worker.
    UN News Centre on 28 March 2003
  • Three United Nations agencies today welcomed a pledge of almost $20 million by the Republic of Korean (ROK) for emergency food and health programmes to assist millions of vulnerable people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
    UN News Centre on 27 March 2003