Asia Pacific

UN food agency to reach out to 9 million Afghans in 2009

Almost 9 million people in Afghanistan will benefit from United Nations food aid initiatives this year, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced today, with over 1.5 million reached in all of the South Asian nation’s provinces last month alone.

Afghanistan: UN condemns ‘cowardly’ killing of female politician in Kandahar

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today strongly condemned the “vicious and deliberate” killing of a female politician on Sunday in Kandahar, calling it a “cowardly act.”

Ban outlines Laos’ progress, challenges in meeting development targets

Laos has made considerable strides towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, but the nation must continue its efforts to slash child malnutrition and maternal mortality rates to make the country more competitive in the global economy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.

Security Council condemns DPR Korea's recent launch

The Security Council today spoke out against the recent rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), stressing the importance of preserving peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in North-East Asia.

Sri Lanka: Ban welcomes two-day pause in military operation against rebels

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the declaration of a two-day ceasefire by the Government of Sri Lanka to allow emergency humanitarian aid to reach thousands of civilians caught up in its conflict with separatist rebel Tamil forces in the north of the country.

Ban laments shutdown of summit for Asian leaders in Thailand

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep regret on Saturday at the postponement of a gathering of Asian leaders in Thailand amid security concerns over mass protests in the area.

UN Chief deplores ditching of Fiji's Constitution, calls for legitimate government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed dismay on Friday at the decision to scrap Fiji's Constitution and the clear attempt by the country's unelected executive to prolong rule by setting a new five-year time frame for parliamentary elections in 2014.

Ban urges calm in wake of Fijian court ruling

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for calm in Fiji following the ruling by the Pacific archipelago's Court of Appeal that the December 2006 removal of the elected Government was unlawful and the appointment of the interim Government unconstitutional.

Ban, Sri Lankan leader confer on worsening situation in conflict zone

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today discussed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the north of the island nation, where thousands of civilians are trapped by fighting between the Government and Tamil rebels, agreeing to continue working together in the coming days.

UN expresses concern over killings of top Pakistani provincial leaders

The United Nations today voiced its serious concern over the killings of three leaders from Balochistan province, the largest in Pakistan, calling for immediate investigations into their murders.