Asia Pacific

Ban mourns death of former leader of Republic of Korea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has wrapped up a visit to his native Republic of Korea (ROK) by paying tribute to former president Kim Dae-jung, who passed away earlier today.

Nepal has mixed record in transition from war to peace, UN report finds

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has stressed the importance of deepening democracy and strengthening the rule of law in Nepal, in a report on the country’s transition from war to peace, released in Kathmandu today.

Deadly floods hit north-west Pakistan, UN aid agencies say

Flash foods, triggered by heavy rainfall last week, have resulted in over two dozen deaths and more than 400 houses reportedly destroyed in north-west Pakistan, United Nations humanitarian agencies said today.

Ban deplores deadly car bomb attack in Afghan capital

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Saturday morning's suicide car bombing in central Kabul that has reportedly killed at least seven people and injured dozens of others, days ahead of much anticipated presidential and provincial elections across Afghanistan.

DPR Korea’s release of detained foreign worker ‘positive’ move – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of a national of the Republic of Korea who had been detained by the authorities of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) since 30 March, calling it a “positive” move by Pyongyang.

FEATURE: When disaster strikes – the first hours of UN mobilization

It was 2 a.m. at the United Nations Geneva headquarters when the news broke on 26 December, 2004 – a massive earthquake had rocked the floor bed of the Indian Ocean. Veteran official Arjun Katoch, duty officer that night, had seen it all before – at almost the same time exactly a year earlier a quake had devastated the Iranian city of Bam.

Security Council voices ‘serious concern’ at Aung San Suu Kyi verdict

The Security Council today added its voice to those calling for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar, while expressing concern over this week’s verdict against pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ban calls for three-pronged cooperation strategy in Asia

For Asia to play its role in promoting a “new multilateralism” to face 21st century challenges, it must adopt a three-pronged strategy to allow the region’s nations to come together as partners, and not competitors, to tackle global threats, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Tajikistan needs $8 million to recover from floods and mudflows – UN

The United Nations is calling on donors to fund the nearly $8 million appeal launched by Tajikistan today to help thousands of people uprooted and affected by floods and resulting mudflows in the Central Asian nation.

UN human rights chief joins call for release of Myanmar opposition figure

The United Nations human rights chief today joined the call made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others for the immediate and unconditional release of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose house arrest has been extended for another 18 months.