Asia Pacific

Typhoon Haiyan wake-up call to speed up climate control efforts – Ban

Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines a week ago, is a wake-up call for the international community to speed up efforts to fight climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, as latest estimates put the total of those affected at nearly 13 million, including over 4 million displaced and 2.5 million in need of food aid.

Food still major priority for typhoon survivors, UN official says during Philippines visit

Food for more than three-quarters of a million people has been dispatched to communities hit by Typhoon Haiyan, and more is arriving every day, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Sunday as she met with survivors in Tacloban.

Maldives: Ban welcomes conclusion of presidential run-off election

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday welcomed the conclusion of the run-off of the presidential election in the Maldives, and urged everyone in the country to work together to advance the democratic process.

UN chief calls for peaceful holding of Nepal's Constituent Assembly polls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to all stakeholders in Nepal to conclude the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections peacefully so the country can proceed with the urgent task of drafting a new constitution.

Cambodia: UN urges prompt investigation into excessive use of force by security forces

Recent clashes in Cambodia, in which police were seen beating individuals with truncheons and shooting live ammunition and rubber bullets from close range, must be urgently investigated to ensure full accountability for the use of excessive force, the United Nations human rights office said today.

DPR Korea: UN expert calls for justice, reconciliation based on human rights approach

Tackling human rights issues in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is crucial to pave the way for justice and reconciliation in the wider Korean Peninsula, a United Nations independent expert stressed today.

Philippines: Newly open roads, airports allow in more aid but fuel shortage remains

With substantial progress in opening up airports and clear roads in typhoon-hit regions of the Philippines, United Nations agencies and partners are scaling up their support of Government efforts to provide relief, but a major fuel shortage is hampering access to millions of affected people.

Philippines: UN humanitarian chief appeals for support for typhoon survivors

The top United Nations humanitarian official today called for a sustained and collective response from the international community to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and added that despite logistical challenges, aid is increasingly reaching those in need.

UN mission welcomes latest phase of voter registration for 2014 Afghan polls

The United Nations today welcomed the completion of the third phase of Afghanistan’s voter registration exercise which has resulted in the addition of an additional three million voters set to take part in next year’s presidential and provincial council elections.

UN agency issues urgent call to action as Afghan opium cultivation hits record high

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today issued an urgent call to action as opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit a record high this year, rising by 36 per cent, while production is up by almost half since 2012.