Asia Pacific

Cambodia needs more transparency in dealing with economic concessions – UN

An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged the Cambodian Government to act with more transparency when dealing with economic and other land concessions, and to make the process more inclusive for the individuals and communities affected.

Top UN relief official calls for greater investment in development in Afghanistan

The top United Nations humanitarian official today reaffirmed the Organization’s continued support for Afghanistan and stressed the need for increased investment in programmes that expand sources of livelihood and improve basic education, health care and the rule of law.

Asia-Pacific cannot afford to grow without addressing environmental concerns – UN

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region must find ways to continue to grow economically and lift millions out of poverty while also responding to climate change and environmental concerns, according to a United Nations report released today, which stresses that new methods of production are needed to meet this goal.

Despite slowdown, Asia-Pacific region will be ‘anchor of stability for world economy’ – UN

While Asia and the Pacific faces another year of slowing growth as demand for its exports declines and capital costs rise, it will remain the fastest growing region globally and an anchor of stability in the world economy, says a new United Nations report released today.

Top UN relief official stresses need for disaster preparedness in Afghanistan

The top United Nations relief official today called for greater efforts to build the resilience and preparedness of the people of Afghanistan to natural disasters, given the country’s vulnerability to floods and droughts that affect large segments of the population every year.

Ban welcomes Papua New Guinea’s decision to go forward with elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the decision by Papua New Guinea to carry out elections within the timeframe stipulated by the constitution, following recent uncertainties in relation to the country’s next parliamentary elections, and stressed that they should be carried out in a transparent and peaceful manner.

UN humanitarian chief appalled by conditions in Afghan informal settlements

The top United Nations humanitarian official today voiced concern over “unacceptable” conditions in informal settlements sheltering displaced people and former refugees in Afghanistan, and called for greater support for durable solutions to alleviate their hardship.

Head of UN-backed treaty hails Chinese group for combating wildlife crime

The head of the United Nations-backed convention on endangered species today hailed the efforts of a Chinese organization that carried out two nationwide operations this year to successfully combat wildlife crime.

UN humanitarian chief urges donors to support Afghan people

The United Nations humanitarian chief today called on donors and humanitarian agencies to give continued support to the people of Afghanistan, stressing that there is still much to do during the country’s transition period.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns deadly attacks on civilians in Kabul

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today strongly condemned a car bomb and suicide attack in the country’s capital, Kabul, which killed eight civilians and injured 11 others.