Asia Pacific

DPR Korea’s ‘totalitarian’ governing structure ‘absolutely denies rights,’ UN expert warns

An independent United Nations human rights expert today warned that repression remains unabated in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the country’s authorities continue to exercise the strictest control over all aspects of its citizens’ lives.

Voices of survivors must be heard, UN chief says after meeting ‘comfort women’ victim

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to put the victims who were drafted by Japan as so-called “comfort women” during the Second World War at the centre of any resolution of the issue, following a meeting at United Nations Headquarters with one of the victims.

'World has much to learn from Japan,' UN chief says on anniversary of earthquake, tsunami

The world has much to learn from Japan if it is to make progress on saving lives and livelihoods, and reducing disaster losses, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined on the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Missile firing prompts UN chief to call on DPR Korea to stop ‘destabilising acts’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “remains gravely concerned” by the situation on the Korean Peninsula following today’s missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), his spokesman said.

Tajik restrictions on opposition, civil society, media ‘eroding’ rights, says UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern over the increasing Government restrictions on opposition parties, civil society and the media over the past year in Tajikistan.

As 'most disaster-prone region,' Asia-Pacific needs risk-sensitive development, UN reports

The Asia-Pacific region continued to be the world's most disaster-prone region in 2015, requiring a paradigm shift from a response-recovery governance to a risk-sensitive development approach, according to a new United Nations report.

In boost to relief effort, UN-chartered jet brings life-saving supplies to Fiji

A large plane carrying life-saving supplies arrived in Fiji on Monday, in a big boost to the United Nations emergency response to Cyclone Winston, one of the strongest storms in history.

Fiji and UN appeal for $38 million to relieve 'catastrophic loss' after Cyclone Winston

The Government of Fiji and the United Nations today launched an appeal for $38.6 million in critical emergency relief to 350,000 people in need after Cyclone Winston's fury left the island nation “a loss of catastrophic proportions.”

DPR Korea: Ban welcomes Security Council measure tightening and expanding sanctions

The United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution that imposes new sanctions and tightens some of its existing measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), due to the country's ongoing nuclear and ballistic missile-related activities that “threaten international peace and security.”

Lacking basic necessities, Fiji's children 'at risk' after Cyclone Winston – UNICEF

More than a week after a devastating tropical storm ripped through Fiji, some 40 per cent of the islands' children are “at risk,” with many living without safe drinking water, power or a roof over their heads, the United Nations children's agency says.