Asia Pacific

Nuclear weapons are no ‘guarantee of security,’ Kazakh Foreign Minister tells UN debate

The inability of nuclear weapons to guarantee a country’s security or independence was highlighted in the speech of Kazakhstan’s Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kairat Umarov, to the United Nations General Assembly today.

At debate, Tajik Foreign Minister voices need for UN reform, engagement in Afghanistan

The need for reform of the United Nations, illicit drug trafficking and the situation in Afghanistan were among the topics covered in the speech by Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister, Hamrokhon Zarifi, to the UN General Assembly today.

At General Assembly, Southeast Asian ministers call for UN reform buttressed by rule-of-law

Speakers representing a trio of Southeast Asian countries called for reform of United Nations bodies today, with Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister framing their arguments for change mainly around development and economic urgencies, and Malaysia’s Foreign Affairs Minister focusing more on what he characterized as failures of the UN Security Council.

Tuvalu’s Foreign Minister calls on UN to grant special status to developing small-island states

In a call for greater international focus on the problems of developing small-island states, Tuvalu’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Apisai Ielemia, today told the United Nations General Assembly that the time had come for special recognition of countries such as his.

At General Assembly, Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister thanks UN for its support

Highlighting his country’s most recent achievements at the General Assembly, Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato, today expressed his country’s thanks for the roles played by the United Nations and others in providing support.

Least developed countries need more international support, Bangladeshi premier tells UN

The world’s poorest countries need more international support to help them alleviate the consequences of rising food and energy prices, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, told the United Nations General Assembly today.

At UN, Bhutan’s premier highlights world’s challenges and aims for Security Council seat

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Jigmi Y. Thinley, today highlighted a range of challenges and areas of progress before the international community, while also affirming his country’s intent to seek a seat on the Security Council.

Stronger UN must promote growth for world’s poorest, Nepalese official tells debate

Highlighting the vital role of the United Nations in promoting growth for the most disadvantaged people on earth, Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha took to the podium of the General Assembly today to call for steps to make the world body stronger and more efficient.

Afghanistan opium crop harming neighbours and should be eradicated, Kyrgyz Speaker tells UN

Noting that Afghanistan’s production of opium has led to use of the drug in neighbouring countries, the Speaker of the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan, Asylbek Jeenbekov, told the United Nations General Assembly that the deadly crop needs to be destroyed.

At UN debate, Laos Deputy Prime Minister urges more support for landlocked nations

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos, Thoungloun Sisoulith, today urged Member States to lend greater financial support to the world’s most vulnerable countries.