Asia Pacific

Senior UN official visits Nepal for human rights assessment

United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang kicked off a five-day trip to Nepal today to assess the rights situation in the landlocked South Asian nation.

UN envoy discusses Myanmar with Indian officials

As part of his ongoing efforts to promote democratic change in Myanmar, the United Nations envoy to the South-East Asian nation today wrapped up consultations in New Delhi with Indian officials, who assured him of their continuing support.

Nepal: UN envoy speaks out against bombing of election rally

The top United Nations envoy to Nepal strongly condemned today’s bomb attack at a rally promoting the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections, saying violence and intimidation are inconsistent with the country’s transition to democracy.

Ban Ki-moon sends condolences on death of Indonesia’s Suharto

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed condolences to the Government and people of Indonesia on the death of former President Suharto.

Cyclone-hit parts of Bangladesh need more food aid, UN agency says

Higher food prices in cyclone-hit parts of Bangladesh are threatening food security among the very poor, including children suffering from high rates of malnutrition, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, appealing for funds to continue its operations there.

Myanmar: UN envoy heads to Brussels for further consultations

The United Nations special envoy on Myanmar arrived today in Brussels for talks with senior European Union officials as part of efforts to help promote democratization and national reconciliation in the troubled South-East Asian country.

UN rights expert hails Republic of Korea’s protection for DPR Korea nationals

An independent United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the participation of the Republic of Korea in efforts to help people from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) living in its territory while urging more measures to help the most vulnerable.

Climate change heads talks between Assembly President and Australian official

Climate change, globally agreed anti-poverty targets and financing for development topped the agenda during talks today between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and Australia’s Foreign Minister.

Afghanistan: UN urges review of death sentence against journalist

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today urged the country's authorities to review the death sentence imposed against Sayed Parwez Kambaksh, a journalist who this week was sentenced to capital punishment for blasphemy.

UN, Afghanistan appeal for over $80 million to combat rising wheat prices

The United Nations and the Government of Afghanistan joined forces today to launch an appeal for more than $80 million to help over 2.5 million people in the country facing food shortages due to the soaring price of wheat.