Asia Pacific

UN agency alarmed by deaths of displaced persons in Myanmar's Rakhine state

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern about a violent incident in western Myanmar's Rakhine state that killed two internally displaced persons (IDPs) and wounded six others, including two minors.

New selections for Afghan human rights body should be reconsidered – UN official

The United Nations human rights chief today warned that recent appointments to Afghanistan's top human rights body compromise its independence and effectiveness and undermine its high standing with the public and international partners.

UN court opens hearings on whaling dispute between Australia and Japan

The United Nations’ highest court has opened hearings in a case concerning charges by Australia that Japan is using a scientific research programme to mask a commercial whaling venture.

Secretary-General appalled by killing of foreigners in northern Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is “appalled” by the reported killing of a group of foreigners who were on a mountain-climbing expedition in northern Pakistan, and urged the country to take measured to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Pakistan urgently needs food, nutrition assistance, urges head of UN emergency food agency

Following a visit to Pakistan, the head of the UN food agency today urged a renewed effort to address the food and nutrition needs of people affected by displacement, natural disasters and poverty.

UN chief saddened by loss of life, damage caused by torrential floods in India

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness at the loss of life, and the damage to homes and infrastructure, in India due to torrential floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand over the last week.

Sustainable management of natural resources can bring peace to Afghanistan – UN report

Sustainable and equitable management of Afghanistan’s natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can contribute to peacebuilding in the country, according to a United Nations report released today.

UN official calls for urgent action to improve air quality in Asia-Pacific region

With smog levels hitting all time highs in cities across the Asia-Pacific region, a senior United Nations official there is calling on Governments to do more, with greater urgency, to tackle the myriad challenges associated with worsening air quality.

In China, UN chief stresses importance of resuming dialogue on Korean Peninsula

Continuing his visit to China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today the importance of creating the adequate conditions to resume dialogue between parties in the Korean Peninsula and rid the region of nuclear weapons.

Afghanistan needs sustained international support for transition to succeed – UN envoy

Sustained international support is critical as Afghanistan proceeds with three complex and intertwined transition processes – political, security and economic – that are due to culminate next year, the top United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today.