Asia Pacific

UN political chief to start four-nation East Asian visit in DPR Korea

The top United Nations political official is set to kick off a four-nation visit to East Asia in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a statement attributable to the spokesperson for the Secretary-General released today.

New UN envoy assesses progress made by Timorese police force

On her first district visits since assuming the top United Nations post in Timor-Leste, Ameerah Haq this week saw first-hand the strides made by the Timorese police force, who are gradually assuming responsibility from the world body’s peacekeeping force.

International support for Afghanistan must go beyond security needs – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a coherent political strategy to assist Afghanistan in its quest for peace, security and development, noting that the country’s challenges cannot be overcome by military efforts alone.

Ban announces new UN envoy for Afghanistan on eve of London conference

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced his intention to appoint veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, as he heads to London for an international conference aimed at helping the country chart its future.

Security Council removes five men from UN’s Taliban sanctions list

A Security Council committee has removed five men from the United Nations list of those subject to sanctions in connection with Al-Qaida and the Taliban, including a former foreign minister of the ousted Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Ban voices relief at relatively peaceful conclusion to Sri Lankan presidential poll

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed relief today that Sri Lanka’s presidential elections have concluded relatively free of violence and he reiterated his call to the country’s political parties to abide by the official results and to pursue any concerns peacefully.

Delay to Afghan polls will ensure better preparations, UN envoy says

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has welcomed today''s decision to postpone the country''s parliamentary elections by four months, saying it will give election authorities more time to prepare for the polls.

Nepal: UN envoy encourages parties to resolve outstanding issues to advance peace

A top United Nations envoy has encouraged Nepalese parties to work productively to advance the country’s fragile peace process and create the conditions to permit the world body to wind up its work there.

Secretary-General to attend major Afghan conference in London next week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will take part in next week’s international conference aimed at helping Afghanistan to chart its way forward in the wake of last year’s presidential elections and build a more secure and prosperous country, it was announced today.

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Nepal by four months

The Security Council voted today to extend the United Nations political mission in Nepal (UNMIN) by nearly four months amid heightened tensions in the Asian country ahead of the issuing of a new constitution.