Asia Pacific

On historic visit, Ban praises Myanmar’s progress and urges further partnership

During a historic address to Myanmar’s parliament, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the importance of partnerships – amongst the country’s political leadership as well as with the international community – in helping the Asian country advance its process of national reconciliation and democratic transition.

In India, Ban calls for greater investment in women and children's health

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on India to lead the way in improving health services for women and children, stressing that addressing this issue is a crucial investment in the future of the South Asian nation.

Praising India’s economic progress, Ban calls for more inclusive development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised India’s economic development and called on the country to build on it by implementing policies that reduce inequalities among society and take into account environmental and social factors.

UN rights chief voices concern about safety of Chinese activist and his family

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced concern about the welfare of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, and the safety of his family members, following his reported escape from house arrest.

Papua New Guinea on ‘slippery path’ to undermining rule of law, warns UN official

A top United Nations official today voiced concern about recent steps taken by the Government in Papua New Guinea that undermine the rule of law, breach international human rights standards, impinge on the independence of the judiciary, and could lead to serious instability.

Elections in Timor-Leste a milestone for peace consolidation, says Security Council

The Security Council has welcomed the second round of presidential elections in Timor-Leste calling it “an important milestone for the consolidation of peace and stability” in the country, as well as a reflection of the commitment of its people to democracy and the rule of law.

Lauding India’s progress on health, UN chief highlights need to do more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kicked off his visit to India today by commending the country’s progress on health, while highlighting the need to do more to promote the well-being of women and children.

UN humanitarian official calls on donors to support ongoing Pakistan relief effort

A senior United Nations humanitarian official has commended the ongoing efforts to assist some 7.2 million people affected by flooding and insecurity in Pakistan, while urging donors to step up support to sustain the response.

UN report: climate change to exacerbate freshwater problems of Pacific Islands

Climate change will exacerbate water stress in Pacific Islands, particularly small islands that rely on seasonal rain for their freshwater needs, according to a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, issued in Bangkok, Thailand, today.

UN chief to travel to Myanmar during ‘critical’ moment in country’s transition

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will later this week head to Myanmar, which he said is at a “critical” moment in its transition, preceded by an official visit to India.