Asia Pacific

Myanmar: UN to resume delivering food in Mandalay District

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it has been assured by Myanmar that authorities will lift restrictions on the movement of the agency's food aid.

Afghanistan: top UN envoy speaks out against deadly army bus attack in Kabul

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan expressed his outrage over the terrible loss of life from morning's army bus attack in capital Kabul, which is among deadliest the city has seen.

At UN, Fijian leader defends coup and vows to overhaul ‘race-based’ politics

Fiji needs the help of the international community to become a nation with a truly democratic, non-racial and equitable governing system, its interim Prime Minister told the General Assembly today, defending his decision to launch a coup last year and promising to stage free and fair elections as soon as possible.

Use of force, not religion, at root of conflicts, Malaysian leader tells UN

The use of force, and not religious difference, lies at the root of conflicts between Islamic and Western countries, the Prime Minister of Malaysia told the United Nations General Assembly today, emphasizing that all genuine religions advocate peace.

UN Human Rights Council to hold special session on Myanmar next week

The United Nations Human Rights Council has announced it will hold a special meeting on 2 October to discuss the situation in Myanmar, amid growing calls for authorities in the Southeast Asian nation to exercise restraint in dealing with ongoing protests.

Developing countries merit increased representation on Security Council – China

Developing countries deserve greater representation on the United Nations Security Council, the Foreign Minister of China, one of five permanent members on that body, said today.

Unrest in Myanmar could block food aid for 500,000 people, UN food agency warns

The restrictions Myanmar has placed on the movement of food due to the current unrest are an obstacle to feeding half a million people, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.

Planned summit offers chance for progress on Korean peninsula, official tells UN

A planned summit meeting next week bringing together leaders of the two Koreas offers the chance to take relations between them to a new level and consolidate peace on their shared peninsula, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea told the United Nations General Assembly today.

Japan urges ‘total elimination’ of nuclear weapons, top official tells UN

Japan is committed to bolstering global efforts for the elimination of nuclear weapons, the country’s newly-appointed foreign minister told the United Nations General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.

At UN debate, Singapore calls for ‘gradual evolution’ of key global institutions

A gradual evolution in global governance is necessary to make the world’s leading institutions, including the United Nations Security Council, mirror today’s “multi-polar reality,” Singapore’s Foreign Minister has told the General Assembly.