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

  • With preparations for Afghanistan’s legislative elections taking place in the shadow of escalating violence, the United Nations Security Council today condemned “terrorist acts or other forms of violence” aimed at disrupting the political process, and called on the international community to make up a nearly $30 million shortfall to fund the poll.
    UN News Centre on 23 August 2005
  • In yet another appeal for the protection of reporters, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the murder of a Sri Lankan journalist as a blow to efforts to achieve peace in the Indian Ocean island.
    UN News Centre on 22 August 2005
  • Despite the positive impact of campaigning and voter registration ahead of Afghanistan’s parliamentary and provincial elections, the joint United Nations-Afghan team is urging national and international security forces to respond quickly to keep the process on track, amid escalating violence against candidates, election workers and others.
    UN News Centre on 22 August 2005
  • 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