Asia Pacific

Overall cancer risks low in Japan after Fukushima nuclear incident – UN report

Health risks associated with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant incident in Japan such as cancer are low overall, according to a United Nations report released today, which calls for continued health and environmental monitoring in the areas most affected by the disaster that occurred two years ago.

Independent UN experts urge human rights inquiry into ‘gulags’ in DPR Korea

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today urged an international inquiry into human rights abuses in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where hundreds of thousands of prisoners and their families are believed to suffer in the country’s extensive political prison camp system.

Global demand for medicinal plants can boost green jobs growth in Nepal, says UN

The growing global demand for medicinal and aromatic plants could help drive Nepal’s green economy, particularly in poor communities where many types of such plants are harvested, says a new study released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Government of Nepal.

In call to new President, Ban pledges commitment to stability on Korean peninsula

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his strong commitment to promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, during his discussion with the new President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Park Geun-hye.

UN expert urges greater independence for courts in the Maldives

Judges and lawyers in the Maldives are not sufficiently independent from external pressures and interferences, a United Nations independent expert warned today wrapping up a visit to the Indian Ocean archipelago.

UN concerned about refugees crossing ‘deadliest stretches of water’ to flee homes

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling for urgent action to prevent the rising numbers of people killed trying to cross the Indian Ocean in smugglers’ boats, particularly the increasing numbers of women and children from the stateless Rohingya community.

Mongolia to host UN World Environment Day 2013

Mongolia will host this year’s World Environment Day (WED) celebration on 5 June, which will focus on reducing food waste and loss, the United Nations announced today.

UN chief strongly condemns attacks in Indian city of Hyderabad

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the indiscriminate attacks against civilians that took place in the Indian city of Hyderabad and led to a number of deaths and injuries.

UN hopes China will exert influence on DPR Korea, says Deputy Secretary-General

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today said the United Nations hopes that China will exert its influence on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to de-escalate tensions after the recent nuclear test but was also aware of the limits of that influence.

Despite reforms, key human rights issues remain unaddressed in Myanmar – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today welcomed the reforms that have been taking place in Myanmar while stressing that key human rights issues remain unaddressed, particularly in the states of Kachin and Rakhine where violence has displaced thousands of people.