Asia Pacific

Nepal: Ban calls for formation of inclusive government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the election of a new Prime Minister in Nepal and called on the country’s political groups to quickly form an inclusive government and consolidate efforts to build peace in the Asian nation.

Philippines ratifies the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Philippines today acceded to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), when it deposed its instrument of ratification at the United Nations in New York.

UN chief to sound alarm about climate change on upcoming visit to Pacific region

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will embark on a four-nation visit to Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Kiribati at the end of this week during which the issue of climate change will be a key focus.

UN agency urges heightened surveillance after bird flu resurfaces

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today urged heightened preparedness and surveillance amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly bird flu virus is spreading in Asia and beyond.

UN-backed Cambodia genocide tribunal begins fitness hearing for accused

The United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago began its fitness hearing today into the health of two of the ageing defendants currently on trial.

AIDS epidemic at critical juncture in Asia-Pacific region, says new UN report

The AIDS epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is at a crossroads, says a United Nations report released today, which adds that while the region has seen impressive gains in the HIV response, greater and sustained efforts will be needed.

Myanmar needs to do more to improve human rights situation, says UN expert

While the new Government of Myanmar has taken steps to improve the human rights situation in the country, it needs to deploy greater efforts to address serious concerns such as the continuing detention of a large number of political prisoners, a United Nations expert said today.

UN agency defending press freedom deplores killing of Pakistani journalist

The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Munir Shakar and urged that his killers be brought to justice.

In Philippines, local responses to HIV/AIDS epidemic boosted by UN-backed plan

The United Nations is helping the Philippines tackle the mounting number of new HIV cases by putting local governments in the vanguard of the battle, mobilizing more than 1,000 officials and over 250 activists so far across 17 regions in the South-East Asian country.

With poll results now finalized, UN urges Afghan lawmakers to get to work

The United Nations today stressed the need for Afghan lawmakers get down to business now that the country’s electoral authorities have finalized the results of last year’s parliamentary elections.