Asia Pacific

UN refugee agency urges calm amid latest violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

The United Nations refugee agency has called for an immediate return to calm in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where ongoing inter-communal violence has uprooted more than 35,000 people.

UN health agency warns of threat from rising anti-malarial drug resistance in Asia-Pacific region

Growing resistance to a key anti-malarial drug derived from a shrub used in traditional Chinese medicine is threatening to roll back gains made in combating the disease, a United Nations-backed health conference that concluded today in Sydney, Australia, has heard.

UN rights expert urges DPR Korea authorities to spend less on military, more on people

An independent United Nations expert today voiced continued concern about the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and urged the Government to re-think its focus on military expenditure and to allocate resources to improve the living standards of its people.

On visit to Republic of Korea, Ban highlights role of businesses in sustainable development

Private businesses, which play a crucial role in achieving sustainable development, must boost their efforts to integrate sustainability principles into their operations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed during his trip to the Republic of Korea (ROK) this week.