Asia Pacific

Neglected indigenous food can be important tool to fight hunger – UN official

Indigenous foods which have been neglected by the food industry and urban consumers can be an important tool to alleviate hunger and malnutrition, a United Nations official said today.

UN anti-crime official highlights role of Central Asian cooperation in fighting drug trade

With 90 per cent of the world’s illicit opiates being produced in Afghanistan, the neighbouring frontline states in Central Asia have a key role to play in tackling drug trafficking, the United Nations top anti-drugs and crime official said today, during a visit to Tajikistan.

Moldova must implement laws against discrimination based on gender – UN experts

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today urged the Government of Moldova to ensure the implementation of the country’s non-discrimination legislation to accelerate progress on gender equality and ensure the protection of women’s rights.

UN reports drop in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2012

The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first four months of 2012 is 21 per cent lower than during the same period last year, the top United Nations envoy in the country reported today, while adding that deaths continued to occur at “unacceptable” levels.

Nepal: As constitution deadline passes, Ban urges consensus on way forward

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced disappointment that Nepal's Constituent Assembly has expired without the adoption of a long-awaited constitution, and called on all parties to work together in the national interest to ensure that the achievements of the past several years are not lost.

Asia-Pacific region must adopt low carbon policies to sustain growth – UN

Asia-Pacific nations must adopt low carbon policies to reduce poverty and sustain their economic growth, according to a United Nations roadmap launched today, which puts forward a series of strategies to help developing countries in the region deal with shrinking natural resources and climate change and drive sustainable development.

UN drugs and crime official urges concerted effort against narcotics in Afghanistan

Highlighting the importance of political commitment and action, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, today welcomed efforts by the Afghan Government to combat the menace of trafficking and production of narcotics in the country.

UN expert urges Pakistan to do more to ensure judicial independence

A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Pakistani Government to address several remaining challenges to ensure the independence of the country's judicial system.

Secretary-General calls for conclusion of constitution-making process in Nepal

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged political parties and other groups in Nepal to ensure that its constitution-making process is concluded successfully, noting that the term of the country’s Constituent Assembly could end before the adoption of a new constitution.

New UN report urges greater efforts to prevent drowning deaths among children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a partner organization are urging greater use of effective and cost-efficient measures to prevent drowning, which new research shows is a major killer across parts of Asia.