Asia Pacific

In farewell remarks, top UN envoy expresses hope, concern for Afghanistan

Tom Koenigs, the outgoing Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, today voiced both hope for the strife-torn nation which is moving forward, but expressed concern for the country's security situation.

Secretary-General declares Nepal eligible for UN Peacebuilding Fund

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that Nepal is eligible to receive assistance from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, set up a year ago to help countries emerging from conflict consolidate their gains and avoid slipping back into war.

Sri Lankan rebels, breakaway faction still recruiting child soldiers – Ban Ki-moon

The separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and a breakaway group known as the Tamil Makkal Viduthali Pulikal (TMVP)/Karuna faction continue to abduct children to fight as soldiers in the bloody conflict in Sri Lanka, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report made public today.

Sri Lanka: UN expert urges targeted measures to assist internally displaced

While considerable efforts have been made to assist hundreds of thousands of people displaced by conflict in Sri Lanka, more must be done to ensure their safety and access to livelihoods so that they can lead normal lives, according to an independent United Nations human rights expert who recently visited the country.

Secretary-General voices outrage at assassination of ex-leader of Pakistan

Expressing his shock and outrage at the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “heinous crime” and called for those behind the attack to be brought to justice.

Security Council urges calm following ‘reprehensible’ terrorist attack in Pakistan

Condemning the deadly terrorist attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and at least a dozen others in the northern city of Rawalpindi, the United Nations Security Council called on all Pakistanis to show restraint in the wake of today’s tragedy.

Rehabilitation prospects after worst Korean oil spill are good, UN experts say

The prospects for rehabilitation after the worst oil spill in the history of the Republic of Korea (ROK) are good, thanks to quick and effective action by the Korean authorities, according to a joint United Nations-European Commission Assessment Team.

Secretary-General welcomes agreement paving way for Nepalese elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement reached by the Seven-Party Alliance that makes up the Government of Nepal on key issues of the country’s peace process, paving the way for the holding by April 2008 of a Constituent Assembly election that was postponed twice this year.

UN expert lauds Mongolia’s treatment of asylum seekers from DPR Korea

A United Nations expert on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today praised Mongolia’s treatment of asylum seekers from that country and its cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the issue.

Ban Ki-moon outraged by terrorist attack on Pakistani mosque

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s suicide bombing at a Pakistan mosque that claimed the lives of over 50 people and injured many others.