Asia Pacific

UN and South-east Asian nations partner to end violence against women and children

Representatives from the United Nations and South-east Asian nations have teamed up to explore ways to address the multifaceted issue of violence against women and children in the region, holding a two-day meeting aimed at strengthening measures against the problem.

Cambodia: Ban designates new adviser for Khmer Rouge trials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated David Scheffer of the United States as the Special Expert to advise on the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), it was announced today.

Pakistani cricket star to speak out against drug abuse as UN Goodwill Ambassador

Pakistani cricket star Shahid Afridi will speak out against drug abuse and promote healthy living through sports in his new role as National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

UN envoy arrives to help Afghanistan through new period of development

The new United Nations envoy to Afghanistan arrived in the capital, Kabul, today to take the helm of the world body’s presence there and assist the country amid a period of transition.

Myanmar: UN rights expert welcomes release of prisoners of conscience

The United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar today welcomed the recent decision by President Thein Sein to grant another amnesty and set free a significant number of prisoners of conscience.

Concluding its work, UN refugee agency closes office in Timor-Leste

The United Nations refugee agency has closed its office in the Timor-Leste capital, Dili, after more than 12 years, a move hailed by national leaders as a sign that the country had overcome most of the humanitarian problems it has faced in its recent history.

Ban welcomes prisoner release and other important moves by Myanmar authorities

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the authorities in Myanmar on the long-awaited release of political prisoners today, as well as other important efforts being made to advance democracy and national reconciliation.

Afghanistan: UN-backed survey shows sharp rise in opium production and prices

The price of opium in Afghanistan rose dramatically last year, according to a joint survey by the United Nations and the Government that was released today, which also shows that the farm-gate income from the narcotic probably amounted to over $1.4 billion, equivalent to nine per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

India on track to become polio-free, says UN health agency

With no registered polio cases over the past year, India is on course to becoming free of the disease, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

UNESCO condemns killing of journalists in the Philippines and Syria

The head of the United Nations agency in charge of defending press freedom condemned today the recent murders of journalists in the Philippines and Syria and called on authorities to investigate the crimes thoroughly.