Asia Pacific

In Asia and Pacific, UN views sustainable development through demographic changes

Addressing youth unemployment, empowering women, supporting people with disabilities and an aging population were among the top issues discussed at the United Nations regional office in Bangkok, at the first intergovernmental meeting since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda on how to strengthen the social dimension of sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

Myanmar: Ban welcomes assumption of office of new President

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated U Htin Kyaw on his assumption of the office of the President of Myanmar.

Pakistan: Ban strongly condemns Sunday suicide bombing in Lahore

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the suicide bombing that targeted a park in Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 60 people and wounding over 100, including many women and children.

South-east Asia's children face 'double burden' of obesity and undernutrition – UN report

A joint report released today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has shed new light on the nutrition situation of children across the region.

‘Without stories, there is silence’ – women speak up at the UN about violence and disability

Like for many of the 21 other women in the project – which is expanding as more choose to break their silence – Silent Tears has been an integral part of Betty’s healing. The exhibition was recently featured during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), an intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Holding urgent closed-door talks, Security Council condemns DPR Korea ballistic missile test

Expressing 'grave concern,' the United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the ballistic missile launches conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) earlier today and on 10 March, pledging to closely monitor the situation and 'act as appropriate

Cambodia: UN rights expert launches fact-finding mission on women and indigenous peoples

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today announced she will be visiting the country Monday to assess the enjoyment of rights by women and indigenous peoples in the country.

Myanmar: UN recommends measures to address ongoing food insecurity in cyclone-hit areas

More than seven months after Cyclone Komen struck Myanmar, poor rural communities are still seeing increased levels of food insecurity, a situation highlighting their vulnerability to withstand similar emergencies in the future, warns a joint United Nations agency report released today.

Myanmar: UN chief welcomes election of first civilian President in more than 50 years

Following the historic national polls last 8 November, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Htin Kyaw, who was elected today by the Myanmar Parliament as the first civilian President in more than five decades.

'Survival will be an achievement' for new Afghan Government, says UN envoy

The new Afghan Government, formed through a power-sharing agreement, must manage its difficult transition in 2016 by overcoming political, economic and security challenges, the top United Nations official in that country told the Security Council today, as the 15-nation body extended the UN mission there for another year.