Asia Pacific

Ban concerned that key elements of Nepal's peace process not yet implemented

That key commitments in the peace process in Nepal have not been implemented is cause for serious concern, with persistent mistrust among the parties undercutting their capacities for flexible negotiation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written in a new report.

Thousands in Asia-Pacific sprint to fight H1N1 – UN

Some 11,000 people have taken part in today's United Nations running festival in Bangkok, Thailand, to raise awareness of the need to curb the spread of the H1N1 flu pandemic.

UN mourns staff members killed in Kabul attack

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led United Nations staff today in remembering the colleagues who were killed in an attack on a guest house in Kabul earlier this week and hailing all the men and women working for the world body in Afghanistan.

Asia-Pacific must re-think trade-led development, says UN

Asia-Pacific exports are on the upswing, but the region must use trade to create jobs and alleviate poverty, according to a new United Nations report.

Afghanistan: Ban appeals to Member States for extra security for UN staff and premises

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he will ask Member States to expedite measures to strengthen security to respond to the “dramatically escalated” threat against the United Nations, as witnessed by the deadly attack yesterday in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed five UN staff and injured several others.

Top officials roundly condemn attack that killed at least five UN staff in Kabul

At least five United Nations staff members were killed today in an attack on a guest house in Kabul that has drawn widespread condemnation from top officials, as well as a pledge that the world body will continue its vital work in the country.

Secretary-General strongly condemns deadly bombing in Pakistani city

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored today’s bombing of a crowded marketplace in the Pakistani city of Peshawar that has killed more than 80 people and injured at least 160 others and is only the latest in a series of deadly attacks targeting civilians across the country.

UN’s post-storm aid efforts in the Philippines focus on assisting farmers

Helping farmers rebuild their livelihoods has become one of the priorities of relief and recovery efforts in the wake of the recent deadly typhoons that pummelled the Philippines, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today as it called on donors to step up funding for its appeal.

Photographic exhibition pays tribute to former UN chief U Thant

The greatest legacy of the former United Nations chief U Thant is his belief in the dignity of the individual, a senior official with the world body said tonight as he helped open a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Organization’s third Secretary-General.

Scores of thousands of Indonesian quake victims receive UN aid

United Nations agencies continue to aid scores of thousands of Indonesians after last month’s 7.9-magnitude earthquake ravaged parts of western Sumatra island, leaving nearly 200,000 households in need of emergency shelter and other assistance.