UN to continue helping Nepal build democratic institutions

UN Calling Asia – a weekly 14-minute magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

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Nepal elected its first President this week. The UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which was established in January 2007 to help the country conduct its constituent assembly elections, will remain in the country for another six months. The UN Security Council voted on Thursday to extend the mission with about a third of its present staff. UN Envoy Ian Martin says the mission's main task will be to complete its monitoring and management of the arms and personnel of the Nepal army and the former Maoist combatants from the civil war.

All-Nepali women's team conquers Mount Everest

In May, a team of ten Nepali women climbed Mount Everest. Before that only 7 Nepali women had ever completed the expedition to the world highest peak. Even more remarkably, only two members of this latest team were professional climbers. The team, which started training a year in advance, received funding from the World Food Programme in Nepal.

Pakistan requests assistance with investigation commission

Following the assassination of Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto in December 2007, the country's Foreign Minister, who was in New York recently, discussed the possibility of the UN providing assistance for a commission to investigate the killing.

Producer: Bissera Kostova

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