Asia Pacific

‘The torch will be given to you’ to build better future, Ban tells students in Shanghai

At a “time of test” for the human family, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged students and faculty at Shanghai’s Fudan University to help the United Nations as it begins in earnest work on the fundamental challenge of building an inclusive, universal 21st century blueprint “that will steer our world onto a truly sustainable, prosperous and peaceful path.”

Cooperation key to healing Asia’s rifts, historical wounds, Ban tells Shanghai summit

While hailing Asia’s dynamism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today cautioned leaders gathered in Shanghai that despite best efforts, the wider Asian theatre is the scene of some of the "most worrying tensions in the world today," and urged healing the region’s rifts, including the Syrian crisis, the spread of deadly weapons, and local territorial disputes, through cooperation and common interests.

Afghanistan: UN mission welcomes release of preliminary results from provincial polls

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today welcomed the release of preliminary results in the country’s provincial council election and lauded the “real community engagement” seen in the polls.

Thailand: Ban urges respect of democratic principles as army imposes martial law

Urging constructive dialogue to end the prolonged political statement in Thailand, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his call on all parties to exercise “utmost restraint” in the wake of the army’s declaration of martial law in the country.

Ban ‘deeply saddened’ at collapse of DPR Korean building

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep sorrow at the loss of lives and injuries caused by the recent tragic collapse of a building in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

In Shanghai, Ban urges China’s continued support for sustainable development

The partnership between the United Nations and China was in the spotlight today in Shanghai where just-arrived Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with President Xi Jinping and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi before outlining key global challenges at the city’s premiere institute for the study of international politics, economy and security strategy.

Myanmar: UN concerned about access to thousands newly displaced

With increased fighting in parts of Myanmar that is preventing access to civilians, the United Nations and humanitarian partners today said they were seriously concerned by the displacement of thousands of people over the past weeks and called for an end to the fighting.

Afghanistan: UN mission welcomes release of presidential election results

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has welcomed today’s announcement of the final results of the recent presidential election and stressed the importance of cooperation between the electoral institutions and candidates ahead of the run-off scheduled for next month.

UN urges prompt investigation into murder of Pakistani human rights lawyer

The United Nations today condemned the killing of prominent human rights lawyer Rashid Khan Rehman in Pakistan and urged the Government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

UN official wraps up Pakistan visit with calls to support people affected by insecurity, disasters

Wrapping up a mission to Pakistan that included time in the country’s tribal region, where the protracted suffering of the displaced is “heart-wrenching,” a senior United Nations humanitarian official today stressed the need for more support to millions of people affected by insecurity, natural disasters and chronic malnutrition in the country.