Asia Pacific

UN chief stresses need to ‘connect the dots’ on sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today wrapped up a four-nation visit to the South Pacific with a call for countries to “connect the dots” between issues such as climate change, food insecurity and water scarcity and work towards ensuring sustainable development for all.

Secretary-General deplores suicide bombings in Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the suicide bombings apparently targeting senior military figures in the Pakistani city of Quetta, which has killed scores of people and wounded many others.

Ban and Pacific leaders urge reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the leaders of Pacific island nations today called for urgent international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stressing that climate change remains one of the greatest threats to the security, well-being and livelihoods of the peoples of the region.

UN chief and Security Council strongly condemn bombing at India’s High Court

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council have strongly condemned today’s bomb attack at the Indian High Court in the capital, New Delhi, which caused numerous deaths and injuries.

World must pull together in face of unprecedented challenges, Ban warns

Reaching into the sport of rugby for metaphor and the lore of the Maoris, New Zealand’s original inhabitants, for wisdom, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a fervent appeal today for unprecedented global cooperation to meet an exceptional host of complex challenges.

Nepal must improve conditions of former indentured labourers, UN says

The United Nations and local partners in Nepal today called for immediate steps to better the lives of over 100,000 bonded labourers and family members, who have seen scant improvement in their often deplorable conditions since the Government abolished the system in 2008.

UN chief and Kiribati leader warn over climate change threat to Pacific islands

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, today stressed that climate change posed the most serious threat to the livelihoods, security and survival of the island nation's residents and the inhabitants of the wider Pacific region, saying the phenomenon was undermining efforts to achieve sustainable development.

UN helps Iran phase out asthma treatments based on ozone-depleting substances

With support from the United Nations, Iran today became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to phase out metered dose inhalers – used to treat asthma and other pulmonary ailments – and based on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer.

Ban confers with Australian leaders on global issues of concern

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday discussed the famine in Somalia and the drought-related humanitarian crisis in the wider Horn of Africa, as well as developments in Libya and Syria, when the United Nations chief called on the minister at his home in Canberra.

Cambodia: UN-backed court wraps up fitness hearing for accused in genocide trial

A United Nations-backed tribunal has wrapped up three days of hearings in the Cambodian capital to help determine whether two of the most senior surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime are fit enough to stand trial for alleged genocide and other war crimes.