Asia Pacific

DPR Korea: UN nuclear agency calls US announcement ‘important step’

The United Nations atomic watchdog has called today’s announcement by the United States about the results of its talks with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the latter country’s nuclear programme “an important step forward.”

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Indian journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting and defending the freedom of the press today condemned the murder of a journalist in India and called on local authorities to undertake a thorough investigation into the killing.

Open-pit coal mine project in Bangladesh threatens human rights – UN experts

The construction of an open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh could displace hundreds of thousands of people and jeopardize their access to basic needs, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts warned today.

UN-supported project brings Afghans one step closer to cleaner cooking stoves

The United Nations and its partners have teamed up with local villagers in Afghanistan to develop clean cooking stoves that could potentially save lives by improving indoor air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on wood for fuel.

Ban condemns murder of bus passengers in Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the attack in Pakistan earlier today in which gunmen reportedly killed 18 people after ordering them off a bus travelling between the capital, Islamabad, and the northern town of Gilgit.

UN temporarily relocates staff from northern Afghan office after attack

The United Nations said today it is relocating international staff from its office in the northern province of Kunduz which was attacked this weekend, reportedly by protesters angry over last week’s burning of copies of the Koran by United States soldiers.

Afghanistan: UN mission deplores attack on its compound in Kunduz

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today deplored the attack on its compound in the north-eastern city of Kunduz, adding that no UN staff members were hurt and that all of them have been accounted for.

UN urges humanitarian solution for DPR Korea nationals detained in China

The United Nations refugee agency today called on China not to send back to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) a group of some 25 people it arrested this month and to find a humanitarian solution to the situation.

Myanmar must focus on long-standing challenges to gain stability – UN

Myanmar is only at the early stages of its transition and must continue to tackle long-standing challenges so that the Asian country can achieve lasting peace and stability, a top United Nations official said today.

Security Council extends UN presence in Timor-Leste until end of 2012

The Security Council today extended until the end of 2012 the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste so that it can continue to help promote peace, stability and development in what is expected to be a very eventful year for the country.