Asia Pacific

Secretary-General sees ‘new spirit of cooperation’ in Myanmar

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he is “much encouraged” by his discussions with Myanmar’s authorities in recent days, citing increased access for international aid workers to the Ayeyarwady delta area and an agreement to open up land, sea and air routes for relief supplies.

Nepal’s peace process not yet complete, says UN envoy

On the eve of the first meeting of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, the top United Nations envoy to the country said that challenges still lie ahead, despite last month’s successful country-wide elections.

Myanmar: Ban Ki-moon ‘regrets’ continued detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he ‘regretted’ the decision by Myanmar’s Government to extend the detention of pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Nepal's human rights commission has made great strides, says UN official

Congratulating Nepal's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on its 8th anniversary, a United Nations official today said that the South Asian body has significant progress in the past year.

China: UN health agency provides medical help to victims of deadly earthquake

Responding to a request by the Chinese government for medical support in wake of the massive 12 May earthquake which struck the East Asian's south-west, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is sending urgently needed supplies and support.

Myanmar: UN agency moves ahead with assessing how to help cyclone-impacted children

Welcoming the decision by Myanmar's authorities to grant international aid workers access to victims of Cyclone Nargis, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is pressing ahead with its assessment of the situation of children and women in the hardest-hit areas.

At donors' meeting, Ban Ki-moon says Myanmar relief effort to last at least six months

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for donations to assist victims of Myanmar's deadly Cyclone Nargis, noting that the relief effort will last at least six months.

Myanmar: Ban Ki-moon calls for efficient aid delivery to help cyclone's victims

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the importance of effective aid delivery to victims of Myanmar's deadly Cyclone Nargis, noting that efforts to assist the vulnerable are still in the relief phase.

Secretary-General visits Chinese region devastated by massive quake

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today visited one of the towns in China's Sichuan province hit hardest by the recent earthquake, pledging the United Nations' support for the East Asian nation and expressing his condolences to the Chinese people.