Asia Pacific

Ban Ki-moon welcomes Japanese contribution to UN Headquarters renovation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the move of the Japanese parliament to approve payments for the renovation plan for United Nations Headquarters in New York and for the world body’s expanding peacekeeping operations.

Over 200,000 Afghans hit by severe cold to receive UN assistance

United Nations agencies are delivering emergency aid to ease the plight of more than 200,000 Afghans suffering under a harsh Central Asian winter that has already claimed hundreds of lives in recent weeks.

Secretary-General Ban dispatches senior UN official to Sri Lanka

A senior United Nations political official will tomorrow kick off a week-long mission to Sri Lanka, which has been troubled by violence in recent years, to examine the world body’s work in the island country after a request from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Migiro warns of dangers to development of failing to ‘deliver as one’

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has wrapped up a two-day stop at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, where she underscored the necessity of bolstered collaboration between the world body and its partners in government and civil society.

UN appeals for $25 million to aid Tajiks facing harshest winter in decades

The United Nations, together with the Government of Tajikistan, today appealed for $25 million to help humanitarian agencies provide adequate food, water, heat and health care during the most severe winter the country has seen in nearly three decades.

UN rights experts welcome Australia's apology to indigenous peoples

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have welcomed Australia's recent apology to its indigenous peoples for the pain and indignity they endured under the Government's past laws and policies.

Nepal must end culture of impunity, says UN human rights chief

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on Nepal to address the culture of impunity that exists in the country, warning that not doing so will threaten the achievement of lasting peace.

Secretary-General deplores suicide attack in southern Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the suicide bombing in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar which killed some 80 people, stressing that no grievance or political purpose can justify such attacks.

Cambodia: UN launches online map to identify food insecurity

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an interactive and online map of Cambodia to identify areas of food insecurity so that it can better ascertain where to step up its aid in the South-East Asian country.

Migiro travels to Thailand for regional meeting to spur development

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro heads to Thailand this weekend to chair the latest regional coordination meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as part of her efforts to promote development worldwide.