Asia Pacific

China and UN sign pact to boost statistical reporting standards in region

In a move to help China and other developing Asian countries improve the quality of their statistical reporting, the United Nations has signed its first-ever trust-fund agreement for technical cooperation with the world’s most populous State.

New regional body will help protect human rights in South-East Asia – UN official

The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the latest move to set up a regional body to protect the rights of people living in South-East Asia, highlighting the need to appoint “independent and impartial” experts to serve on it when it is launched in October.

Justice key to ensuring human rights for all Afghans – UN envoy

The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today called for strengthening the country’s justice system, which he stressed is fundamental for ensuring the rule of law and respect for human rights.

Nearly 300,000 uprooted Pakistanis return home to northwest – UN

Almost 300,000 Pakistanis – out of some 2 million uprooted by clashes in the country’s northwest – have returned home, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today, hailing the returns as a “positive development.”

More women in Cambodia turning to sex trade amid financial crisis – UN report

The global financial crisis has led to signs of an increase in Cambodian women entering the sex trade, says a new United Nations report, which recommends strengthening social safety nets and improving job training and placement to help women avoid such dangerous and exploitative work.

Preparations in full swing for Afghan polls, says UN mission

With one month to go until Afghans elect the country’s next leader, the United Nations said today that preparations are in full swing and that no effort will be spared to ensure security, considered the biggest challenge for the elections.

Ban laments slowdown on key elements of Nepal’s peace process

Progress on key elements in Nepal’s peace process have slowed down or stalled altogether owing to the country’s recent political crisis, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who proposes a six-month extension of the United Nations mission to continue assisting with remaining tasks.

Secretary-General to focus on climate change during trip to China and Mongolia

Climate change, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called “the defining challenge of our era,” will feature prominently on the United Nations chief’s visits later this week to China and Mongolia, his spokesperson said today.

New UN-backed scheme seeks to bring 'peace through justice' to Nepal

A new United Nations-backed project aims to help heal the scars left by Nepal's decade-long civil war, using transitional justice mechanisms to spur reconciliation.

Pakistan: members of UN probe visit site of Bhutto killing

Members of the United Nations team examining the circumstances surrounding the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto today visited the site in the city of Rawalpindi where the former Pakistani prime minister was killed.