Asia Pacific

Annual UN charity football match will benefit Philippines typhoon recovery efforts

Proceeds from the annual United Nations all-star charity football game, led by legends Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane and which will be held next March in Switzerland, will benefit recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the world body has announced.

Asia-Pacific developing economies face low growth again in 2014, UN forecasts

Developing Asia-Pacific countries will face another year of subpar growth in 2014 due to slow recovery, policy uncertainty and protectionism in developed countries, marking the first time in two decades that their economies have grown at less than 6 per cent annually over a three-year period, according to a United Nations forecast released today.

DPR Korea: UN experts call for death penalty moratorium after high-profile execution

The recent execution of a senior official in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) “is just one among multiple executions” reported in the country since August, carried out with total disregard of due process and other international human rights standards, United Nations independent experts said today, calling on the Government to immediately halt the practice.

Strong growth in Myanmar boosts opium production in ‘Golden Triangle’ – UN report

Led by strong growth in Myanmar, opium poppy cultivation in the area known as the Golden Triangle rose for the seventh consecutive year, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Malaysia must protect environment, indigenous rights as it reduces poverty – UN expert

After moving significantly towards reducing poverty, Malaysia must ensure that such gains do not come at the expense of the environment and the rights of vulnerable groups in society such as indigenous communities and migrant workers, a United Nations expert warned today.

Philippines: UN ramps up aid for 6 million child victims of Typhoon Haiyan

With the lives of nearly six million children disrupted by the typhoon that devastated the Philippines a month ago, 1.4 million of whom lost their family homes, the United Nations is forging ahead with long-term programmes to restore schooling, protection, vaccination and other child services.

Afghanistan is advancing towards stability as international force draws down – UN envoy

Despite volatility and uncertainty, Afghanistan continues to make progress in enhancing its stability as the drawdown continues for the international forces that have sought to bring security there for the past 12 years, the top United Nations envoy in the strife-torn country said today.

One month on, UN renews pledge to help Philippines recover from deadly typhoon

Just over a month since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners today agreed on the need to act quickly to help the affected communities rebuild their lives, as well as learn lessons from the international community’s response to the disaster.

UN anti-torture group urges Cambodia to create independent body to monitor prisons

Cambodia has fallen behind in obligations it made to monitor the treatment of prisoners, a United Nations committee to prevent torture said today, urging Phnom Penh to set up an independent national body to monitor detention centres.

UN agency chief urges probe into killings of broadcast journalists in southern Philippines

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called on Philippine authorities to investigate the separate murders of three journalists recently attacked in the southern Philippines region of Mindanao.