Asia Pacific

Myanmar’s leader agrees to open access to foreign aid workers – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that Myanmar’s Senior General Than Shwe has agreed to allow international aid workers, regardless of their nationality, into the areas worst affected by Cyclone Nargis after the two men held talks today.

Secretary-General to visit quake-affected areas of China as UN supplies pour in

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel tomorrow to China's Sichuan province, the area devastated by last week's massive earthquake, to assess the impact first-hand as United Nations continue to distribute relief supplies among the victims of the disaster.

UN human rights office in Nepal deplores recent killings

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) has condemned the recent killings and other serious human rights violations following last month’s elections in the Asian country.

UN court rules in maritime dispute between Singapore and Malaysia

Singapore has won sovereignty over a disputed island and Malaysia has been awarded control over a series of permanently above-water rocks in a ruling issued today by the United Nations principal judicial organ in a maritime dispute between the Asian neighbours.

Deputy Secretary-General heads to Japan for week-long official visit

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro heads to Japan this weekend for a week-long visit that will focus on issues ranging from climate change to human security and economic growth.

UN agency pledges to help Pakistan tackle abusive child labour practices

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has partnered with the European Commission (EC) for a five-year project to help Pakistan curb abusive child labour and take 10,000 children out of hazardous workplaces.

Ban Ki-moon visits cyclone-devastated areas in Myanmar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has seen first-hand today the devastation in Myanmar left by Cyclone Nargis, which has killed tens of thousands of people and uprooted the lives of 2.4 million others since it struck the country earlier this month.

China: UN supplies medical kits and telecoms equipment for earthquake relief

Emergency health kits capable of providing assistance to 30,000 people for up to one month have been rushed into the quake-affected areas of Sichuan province in China by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

Nepal still faces challenges after successful election, UN envoy stresses

The political parties in Nepal will have to reach agreement on how to form a new government and then successfully draft a new constitution to give the country a chance of lasting stability and economic development, according to the United Nations’ top envoy to the country.

UNESCO head deplores killing of Indian journalist

Stressing the importance of media professionals’ safety, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of an Indian journalist who died while covering an incident in Kashmir.