Asia Pacific

At Security Council, UN envoy flags risk of development gains slipping in Afghanistan

Poorly functioning government systems in Afghanistan mean that development gains are at risk of slipping amid the mounting international troop drawdown, the top United Nations official in the country said today.

China and Asia-Pacific region leading recovery in forest products industry – UN agency

The global forest products industry is slowly recovering from the economic crisis, with the Asia-Pacific region and particularly China taking the lead, according to new data published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

UN condemns deadly attacks on polio workers in Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and two United Nations agencies have condemned the killing of at least six people working on a polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan in the past 24 hours.

UN atomic agency and Japan’s Fukushima prefecture to cooperate on nuclear safety

An agreement between the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and administrators from Japan’s Fukushima prefecture was signed over the weekend, ushering in a new era of emergency preparedness and radiation monitoring for the beleaguered Japanese prefecture.

Secretary-General concerned about continuing political deadlock in Nepal

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about the continuing political deadlock in Nepal, according to his spokesperson.

Serious shortcomings at asylum processing centre in Nauru, UN refugee agency warns

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned of serious shortcomings at an offshore processing centre on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to which Australia sends asylum-seekers.

Unable to meet with Cambodian officials, UN expert stresses importance of dialogue

The independent United Nations expert on human rights in Cambodia today stressed the importance of dialogue, as he wrapped up his latest fact-finding mission to the country, during which he was unable to meet with Government representatives

UN environment agency welcomes renewed commitment to protecting Caspian Sea

The five countries bordering the Caspian Sea have reaffirmed their strong commitment to protect its marine environment, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which welcomed the move as an “important step.”

UN chief and Security Council condemn rocket launch by DPR Korea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today deplored the rocket launch announced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), calling it a clear violation of the Council’s demand that Pyongyang not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology.

UN official calls for immediate halt to violence against children in southern Thailand

A United Nations official today urged an immediate halt to violence against children in Thailand’s restive southern provinces, where an 11-month-old girl was among five people killed in an attack this week.