Asia Pacific

Security Council voices support for UN diplomatic efforts in Central Asia

The Security Council today reaffirmed its support for the efforts of the United Nations to facilitate dialogue between the countries of Central Asia on regional issues of common concern, including water and energy management, counter-terrorism and sustainable development.

Afghan civilian deaths rise, insurgents responsible for most casualties – UN

The number of civilians killed in conflict in Afghanistan rose by 15 per cent in the first six months of this year, the United Nations mission in the country said today, releasing figures that showed 1,462 non-combatants died, with insurgents responsible for 80 per cent of the killings.

Senior UN official pledges continued support for Afghan development agenda

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which has been working in Afghanistan for over 50 years, is committed to staying for the long haul to help the country tackle the host of challenges it faces, a senior official said today.

New UNESCO project aims to improve early warning for floods in Pakistan

As part of its efforts to help Pakistan tackle natural disasters, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partners have launched a project to upgrade the early warning system in the South Asian nation, which last year experienced the worst flooding in 80 years.

Terrorist bomb attacks in India draw UN condemnation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council condemned the terrorist attacks that struck various parts of the Indian city of Mumbai, stressing that such violence is unjustifiable.

UN scales up aid to thousands fleeing Pakistan’s latest conflict zone

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is scaling up its help to people fleeing recent fighting in north-western Pakistan.

Malaysia: UN rights office voices concern about recent crackdown on protesters

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern about the apparent use of excessive force against protesters on the weekend by Malaysian police and possible retaliation against demonstrators who were arrested and released.

Greater cooperation on sharing water vital for peace in Central Asia – UN report

Boosting cooperation between countries sharing the waters of the Amu Darya, Central Asia’s longest river, could be key to future peace and security in the region, a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says.

UN mission in Afghanistan deplores killing of de-miners

The United Nations has strongly condemned the brutal killing of four de-miners in the western Afghan province of Farah, stating that attacks on those who deliver humanitarian services are totally unacceptable.

UN human rights expert criticizes ‘heavy-handed’ police methods in Malaysia

An independent United Nations human rights expert today said Malaysia’s “heavy-handed” control of a demonstration on Saturday risks democracy there, and expressed concern with reports of detention of political leaders.