Asia Pacific

Nearly two years on, Secretary-General reunites with Hokule’a crew for World Oceans Day

Warning that we are dangerously close to breaking the limit of how we should use oceans, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reunited with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew who are using traditional methods to circumvent the world and highlight the importance of protecting our bodies of water.

Ban calls for calm, commitment to rule of law amid reported clashes in Papua New Guinea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern about reports of violent clashes between students and police in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea.

Swedish Major General appointed to head UN observer mission in India and Pakistan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General Per Lodin of Sweden as the head of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire line between India and Pakistan.

UN human rights expert deplores sentencing of Tajikistan opposition leaders

A United Nations human rights expert today expressed dismay at the lengthy sentences imposed last week on the leadership of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT).

Afghanistan: UN condemns attack targeting Logar judicial officials

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned today's attack in Pul-e-Alam town of Logar Province in which seven civilians were killed and more than 20 injured.

UN reiterates need to tackle illegal wildlife trade after tiger cub bodies found in Thailand

Following the discovery earlier this week of 70 dead tiger cubs, as well as tiger skins, talismans and other wildlife parts, in a Buddhist temple in Thailand, two United Nations agencies have said those circumstances represent only a “tiny proportion” of the extent of an illegal trade in wildlife that is pushing species to the brink of extinction.

Afghanistan: UN mission concerned by civilian abductions and hostage-taking

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today said it is deeply concerned by the spate of abductions, hostage-taking and summary executions carried out in recent days against passengers travelling in civilian vehicles.

Security Council strongly condemns recent failed ballistic missile launches by DPR Korea

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the most recent failed ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 31 May and 27 and 28 April, reiterating that the Government should refrain from further actions in violation of the relevant Council’s resolutions.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry calls for increased focus on children in Viet Nam

Following a visit to Viet Nam, singer-songwriter Katy Perry, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has called for an increased focus on children being left behind in one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies.

DPI/NGO: UN conference adopts global education action agenda to mobilize civil society

A global education action agenda affirming the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 4 – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong opportunities for all – was adopted today in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.