Asia Pacific

UN through the lens: combating the scourge of landmines in Afghanistan

Every month in Afghanistan, away from the headlines, an average of 40 people are killed or injured by landmines and explosive remnants of war. Large areas of potential farmland are kept out of bounds and economic development is being held back.

Ban talks by phone with Afghan president following deadly attack against UN staff

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke by telephone with the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai and expressed his sadness and shock to the head of State at the attack on the United Nations offices in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif that resulted in the death of three UN staff and four security guards.

Ban sends condolences to countries whose citizens died in Afghan attack

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke by telephone to senior officials of the governments of Nepal, Norway, Sweden and Romania to express his deep condolences following the deaths of their citizens in the attack on the United Nations compound in northern Afghanistan yesterday.

UN strongly condemns deadly attack against staff in Afghanistan

The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have strongly condemned today’s attack in Afghanistan in which a large crowd of demonstrators angry at the burning of a copy of the Koran by a United States group stormed a United Nations compound and killed a number of people, including three UN staff members.

Minor radiation spreads from Japan as UN chief urges stronger nuclear safeguards

Radioactive material from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is gradually spreading into the global atmosphere, but at extremely low concentrations that do not present health hazards, the United Nations reported today, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “solid” safeguards for nuclear safety.