Asia Pacific

Timorese political leaders condemn recent attacks on top officials – UN

In a meeting held at the United Nations headquarters in Dili today, leaders of Timor-Leste's political parties strongly condemned the attacks on Monday that injured the country's president and targeted its prime minister.

UN backs over one dozen women in largest all-female Everest expedition

In the largest all-female expedition to Mount Everest ever, 13 courageous Nepali women representing the range of the Asian country’s castes and ethnicities, backed by the United Nations, will attempt to reach the world’s highest peak this Spring.

Harsh winter in Tajikistan prompts UNICEF to rush aid deliveries

With Tajikistan facing the harshest winter in three decades amid severe shortages of water and gas supplies, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has rushed in emergency supplies to meet immediate critical needs.

Myanmar: Secretary-General convenes ‘Group of Friends’ meeting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened a meeting of the 14 Member States known as the “Group of Friends” to review developments in Myanmar, where the Government forcefully cracked down on peaceful protesters last year.

Timor-Leste: UN envoy decries political attacks, hails government response

A senior United Nations envoy today decried attempts on the life of the President of Timor-Leste, who was wounded yesterday in a shooting, and the Prime Minister, who escaped a separate attack on his motorcade, while praising the maintenance of calm in the country.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Nepalese journalist

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder last month of Nepalese journalist Pushkar Bahadur Shrestha.

UN-backed project to assist thousands in northern China’s countryside

About 125,000 households in China’s Inner Mongolia region stand to benefit from better access to financial services, markets, technology and information under a new programme backed by the United Nations agency tasked with trying to reduce rural poverty.

Myanmar: upcoming referendum must be inclusive, transparent – Ban Ki-moon

Reacting to Myanmar’s announcement of a constitutional referendum to be held this May, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on authorities to ensure that the process represents the views of all of the South-East Asian nation’s people.

Security Council deplores attempted assassination of Timorese leader

The Security Council today joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in condemning the attempt to assassinate Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta during an attack on his residence in the fledgling Asian country’s capital, Dili, this morning.

UN refugee agency hails closure of Australia’s Pacific offshore detention centre

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed the closure of an offshore detention centre on the tiny island nation of Nauru and the transfer of the remaining refugees to Australia, marking the end of the latter’s so-called “Pacific Solution” for asylum-seekers.