Asia Pacific

At UN debate, DPR Korea accuses United States of encouraging nuclear tensions

The United States is promoting tensions on the Korean peninsula to justify its desire to strengthen its military presence in the region, the Chairman of the Delegation from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) told the United Nations General Assembly today.

Myanmar poses no threat and should not be on Security Council agenda, minister says

Security Council Member States have misused their mandate by placing Myanmar on the Council’s agenda because the country does not pose a threat to regional peace and security, Myanmar’s Foreign Minister U Nyan Win told the General Assembly today.

A reformed UN should lead response to global challenges, say Japan and Turkmenistan

The United Nations should stand at the forefront of global efforts to end conflicts, establish peace and promote economic development, but it must also become more efficient and broadly accountable to do so, representatives of Japan and Turkmenistan told the General Assembly today.

Afghanistan: UN deplores murder of regional director of women’s affairs

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today deplored the “senseless murder” of a leading woman official working for gender equality in the southern city of Kandahar.

UN rights chief calls on Thailand’s coup leaders to restore basic freedoms

Voicing concern over new restrictions on basic human rights in Thailand after last week’s coup, including free assembly and expression, the top United Nations rights official today called on the country’s new leaders to ensure fundamental freedoms and reinstate disbanded rights bodies.

Children must be put first in improving South Asian sanitation, UNICEF says

With nearly a billion people in South Asia still lacking basic sanitation, children should be placed first in the debate on improving hygiene standards in the region, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Nepal says UN-supported peace process can serve as an example to other countries

The United Nations-assisted peace process in Nepal can act as a model for other countries of how to resolve conflicts and it can also demonstrate the importance of democracy, the Himalayan nation’s Deputy Prime Minister told the General Assembly today.

Central Asia can do more to boost Afghanistan’s recovery, its neighbours tell UN

The Foreign Ministers of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan called for stepped-up international efforts to help Afghanistan establish peace and stability, defeat the drug trade and make economic progress during their addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today.

Laotian minister urges UN members to help landlocked developing countries

Nations lacking access to the sea require international support in their efforts to achieve development, the Foreign Minister of Laos told the United Nations General Assembly today as it continued its annual debate.

Sri Lanka: with supplies cut ‘serious problem’ looms in Jaffna, UN warns

A “serious problem” is looming in Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna peninsula where escalating violence between the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and Government forces has cut food supplies and driven 60,000 people, nearly half of them children, into displaced persons camps, United Nations agencies have warned.