Asia Pacific

Afghanistan tells UN of future partnerships after departure of foreign forces

Afghanistan is negotiating strategic partnerships with its international partners, including the United States and the European Union, to guarantee the country’s security, stability and economic development once international forces in the Asian nation leave in 2014, the country’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today.

Political will needed to avoid deeper economic strife, Australia tells UN

The global economic crisis continues and may still engulf the world, Australia’s Foreign Minister warned the General Assembly today, urging countries to take immediate and concerted action to spur sustainable growth and avoid a depression.

At UN, Kazakhstan calls for global cybersecurity treaty to deter hackers

A global pact on information and cybersecurity is vital to deter the increasingly frequent attacks by hackers against governments, businesses and other institutions, the leader of Kazakhstan told the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.

Global poverty a threat to international peace, Republic of Korea’s leader tells UN

The widening gap between the world’s rich and poor poses a threat to global peace, the President of the Republic of Korea, Lee Myung-bak, told the General Assembly today, urging affluent nations to step up their efforts to help developing countries achieve economic growth and development.

Security Council strongly condemns murder of former Afghan president

The Security Council strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack in Afghanistan that claimed the life of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani and wounded several others.

Think tank for landlocked nations ‘vitally important,’ Mongolian leader tells UN

Highlighting the special constraints faced by landlocked developing countries, the President of Mongolia today appealed to United Nations Member States to sign and ratify a multilateral agreement to set up an international think tank in his country’s capital to address the concerns of this vulnerable group.

Independent UN expert calls on Kazakhstan to invest more in inclusive education

An independent United Nations human rights expert has called on Kazakhstan to invest more in promoting inclusive education so that no one is left behind, particularly those belonging to vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities, refugees or migrants.

Timor-Leste: UN calls for urgent action to ensure rights of persons with disabilities

Despite progress in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, Timor-Leste needs to take urgent action to prevent discrimination and provide equal opportunities, especially in access to voting and education and fighting gender-based violence, the United Nations warned today.

Pakistan: UN assessment team reports large-scale crop destruction from floods

Almost three quarters of crops in Pakistan’s flood-devastated province of Sindh have been destroyed or damaged, and nearly 37 per cent of the livestock lost or sold to avoid loss, a joint assessment mission of the United Nations humanitarian office and Pakistani Government officials has reported.

Ahead of Kyrgyz elections, Ban stresses importance of national reconciliation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the leader of Kyrgyzstan to carry out the key recommendations of an independent inquiry into last year’s deadly ethnic violence in the country’s south as the Central Asian nation prepares to hold presidential elections next month.