Asia Pacific

Anti-corruption watchdog to join UN-backed genocide court in Cambodia

The United Nations and Cambodia have announced an agreement to establish an anti-corruption watchdog to oversee the tribunal set up to bring to justice the perpetrators of the country’s notorious ‘killing fields’ genocide over three decades ago.

New UN report says 50 million women in Asia at risk of HIV from their partners

An estimated 50 million women in Asia, who are either married or in long-term relationships with men who engage in high-risk sexual behaviours, are at risk of becoming infected with HIV from their partners, according to a new report published by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

UN examines how to use technology to minimize disaster damage in Asia-Pacific

Better utilizing information and communication technology (ICT) to prepare for and deal with catastrophic natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region is the focus of a United Nations meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, today.

Deploring Myanmar verdict, Ban urges immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the decision by a Myanmar court to sentence pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to an additional 18 months of house arrest, and urged that she be released immediately.

Nepal: UN helps fight against gender violence, discrimination

The United Nations is stepping up its efforts to help protect the rights of Nepalese women, who are increasingly victims of rape, witch-hunt, dowry, and other forms of gender-based violence as well as deeply entrenched domestic abuse and discrimination.

Ban calls for urgent action to minimize disaster damage in Asia

With Asia being the world’s most vulnerable place for natural disasters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for boosting efforts across the continent to prepare for catastrophes before they occur.

Top UN official calls on Asia-Pacific nations to lead on AIDS response

The time has come for countries in Asia and the Pacific to translate their growing economic clout into positive political influence to help set the global AIDS agenda and the response to the epidemic, the head of the United Nations agency dealing with the disease has stated.

Over 750,000 uprooted Pakistanis return home, UN reports

Out of the more than 2 million people uprooted by clashes between Government forces and militants in north-western Pakistan, some 765,000 have now returned to their homes, but continued fighting is causing a fresh round of displacement, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today.

Insecurity impacting preparations for Afghan polls, finds UN report

Insecurity is having a serious impact on preparations for Afghanistan's upcoming elections, especially for women, according to the United Nations and the country's human rights body, which added that despite attacks and threats, Afghans are eager to take part in the polls.

Lack of access hampering aid efforts in Afghanistan, UN official warns

While much of the current international attention is on the upcoming elections in Afghanistan, there are a number of humanitarian issues still facing the country, a senior United Nations official stressed today, adding that lack of access is a major impediment to aid efforts.