Asia Pacific

Shanghai Expo offers 'invaluable' ideas for tackling today's challenges – Ban

The 2010 World Expo may be coming to a close but the ideas it has provided over the past six months are “invaluable” to tackling some of today's biggest challenges, including rapid urbanization, climate change and sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Shanghai on Sunday.

UN sets up expert group to support Afghan peace efforts

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan announced today that it has set up a group of experts to support the crucial work of a newly-formed council tasked with finding ways to ensure lasting peace in the country.

Upcoming polls must be inclusive, Ban tells Myanmar's leader

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged that the upcoming elections in Myanmar be as inclusive, participatory and transparent as possible to ensure a credible transition to a civilian democratic government, as he met with the country's Prime Minister, Thein Sein.

More resources urgently needed for Pakistan flood relief efforts, UN stresses

United Nations humanitarian agencies today called for urgent additional resources for the flood relief efforts in Pakistan, warning that millions are at risk of not having enough food, shelter and warm clothing as winter approaches.

Myanmar: top UN officials call for credible democratic transition

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today repeated his call for a credible democratic transition in Myanmar, with the United Nations human rights chief stating that, eight days before scheduled elections, conditions in the country do not meet international standards for free and fair polls.

UNICEF sends relief supplies to survivors of Indonesian disasters

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is sending relief supplies to support the Indonesian Government’s humanitarian effort following the eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano and the tsunami that affected communities in the country’s Mentawai Islands earlier this week.

Asia-Pacific nations agree on disaster readiness strategy at UN-backed forum

Recognizing the vulnerability of their region to natural disasters, 50 countries across Asia and the Pacific today agreed at a United Nations-backed conference to make risk reduction a component of their national climate change adaptation policies to cope with extreme weather events.

Ban voices sadness at loss of life in Indonesian disasters

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property in Indonesia as a result of the eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano and the tsunami that affected residents of the country’s Mentawai Islands.

Development, regional cooperation top Ban’s talks with leader of Viet Nam

The global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were among the issues discussed today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Nguyen Minh Triet of Viet Nam in Hanoi.

In Hiroshima, General Assembly President pays tribute to atomic bomb victims

General Assembly President Joseph Deiss today laid a wreath in Hiroshima to honour the memory of the more than 100,000 people who died in the atomic bomb blast 65 years ago.