Asia Pacific

DPR Korea, at UN, calls for dialogue with US on de-nuclearizing peninsula

The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) called today at the United Nations for a full-fledged dialogue with the United States and warned that reunification of the Korean Peninsula could only come through a federal formula as absorption would lead to war.

Ban calls on Myanmar’s authorities to build on recent gains towards transition

Recent developments bode well for progress in Myanmar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, while calling on the new Government to do more to ensure to bring about an inclusive transition.

UN crucial in multilateral world, South-East Asian officials tell General Assembly

South-East Asian officials today stressed the crucial need for multilateralism in solving the world’s crises, from peace and security to sustainable development and climate change mitigation, with the United Nations providing the essential cornerstone.

UN committed to further assisting Afghanistan, Ban tells Foreign Minister

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed the commitment of the United Nations to assist the people of Afghanistan during talks with the country’s Foreign Minister in New York.

After deadly earthquake, New Zealand stresses disaster preparedness at UN

New Zealand today underlined the need for effective disaster preparedness and promised to share with the United Nations and other concerned organizations the lessons the country had learned from responding to the deadly earthquake that struck its second-largest city, Christchurch, in February.

Arab Spring is proof that Islam and human rights can coexist, Maldives tells UN

The political transitions in various Arab countries this year demonstrate that Islam is compatible with human rights and democracy, the Vice-President of the Maldives Mohamed Waheed told the General Assembly today.

G-20 should play bigger role in global economic governance, China tells UN debate

The Group of 20, the recently established bloc of major industrialized and developed economies, should have a greater role in global economic affairs, China’s Foreign Minister said today as he called on United Nations Member States to work more closely together to pursue development.

South-East Asian officials call for strong UN role on world stage

The role of the United Nations in dealing with a host of global issues from resolving conflicts and combating terrorism to boosting development and countering climate change was highlighted at the General Assembly’s annual general debate by South-East Asian officials today.

Uzbek-Kyrgyz tensions will continue without justice for victims of violence, UN told

Ethnic tensions between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz since deadly clashes last year will not be resolved until there is a full investigation into the violence and the perpetrators are punished, Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today.

Marshall Islands calls on UN to acknowledge past history on nuclear testing

The United Nations has failed to accept the consequences of the decisions it took on nuclear testing in the 1950s, and the people of the Marshall Islands are still paying the penalty physically and psychologically, the country’s Foreign Minister said today.