Asia Pacific

DPR Korea: UN agencies begin emergency operations to feed 3.5 million people

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced plans to introduce emergency operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to feed an estimated 3.5 million people in desperate need after crop losses and a particularly bitter winter.

As constitutional deadline looms in Nepal, Ban urges all sides to show flexibility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Nepal’s political parties to set aside their differences and show maximum flexibility during negotiations over the next month to reach agreement on the contents of a new constitution before the imminent deadline.

Senior UN official stresses Kyrgyzstan’s key role in regional anti-drug efforts

The United Nations anti-drug chief today highlighted the key role of Kyrgyzstan in countering illicit drug trafficking, as he met with officials in the Central Asian nation to discuss a range of issues, including drug treatment services and prison management.

On golden anniversary, Ban lauds Pakistan’s contribution to UN peacekeeping

As Pakistan celebrates 50 years of participation in United Nations peacekeeping, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the dedication of the troops, police and civilian personnel who play a crucial role in helping people around the world recover from war.

Sri Lanka: UN rights chief urges further probes into reports of war crimes

The United Nations human rights chief today urged further investigations into the conduct of the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka after a UN panel into those events found there were credible reports that both Government forces and Tamil rebels had committed war crimes.

Panel of experts finds credible reports of war crimes during Sri Lanka conflict – UN

The panel of experts set up to advise Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on accountability issues with respect to the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka has found credible reports of war crimes committed by both the Government and Tamil rebels and calls for genuine investigations into the allegations, according to a report made public today by the United Nations.

Ban deplores fresh clashes between Cambodia and Thailand, urges restraint

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is troubled by reports of renewed fighting over the past two days between Cambodian and Thai troops along the two countries' border, which has reportedly claimed the lives of many people on both sides.

Investing in agriculture key to ending extreme rural poverty in South Asia – UN

South Asia continues to have the largest concentrations of poor rural populations despite the fact that the wider Asia-Pacific region has made major strides in combating poverty, a United Nations agency said today, stressing that agriculture is key to poverty alleviation.

Nepal: UN human rights official urges creation of justice and reconciliation commissions

A senior United Nations human rights official today urged Nepal to quickly enact the draft laws that will establish a commission to probe enforced disappearances in the Asian country and create a mechanism to seek the truth about conflict-related abuses and facilitate national reconciliation.

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan expected to fall despite high prices – UN

Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is expected to decline slightly this year despite the prevailing high prices of opium, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported today, saying that Government effort to discourage production could yield further reduction.