Asia Pacific

New development agenda must be people-centred, reality-based, Bhutan tells UN

With the international community heading into a “momentous” year, in which a sustainable development framework will be crafted, the Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs of Bhutan told the United Nations today that the new agenda will be truly transformative only if it is grounded in the real needs of countries and promotes meaningful change.

New Zealand, in UN address, voices support for small island developing nations

Not enough attention is focused on the challenges of small island developing nations, the Foreign Minister of New Zealand today told the annual United Nations General Assembly calling for greater efforts to share experiences and skills with the so-called SIDS regions.

Kyrgyz official warns UN Assembly of international dangers from unstable Afghanistan

Afghanistan poses the most serious external challenge to Central Asia, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev told the United Nations General Assembly, calling for a more proactive international contribution to strengthen regional law enforcement and to promote regional cooperation.

At UN Assembly, Philippines decries expansionist territorial claims in region

The Philippines took the General Assembly podium today to accuse another Member State of embarking on expansionist territorial claims that violate its rights, and called on the United Nations to take speedy action to protect UN peacekeeping forces after Filipino troops were seized in the Golan Heights.

Myanmar calls during Assembly debate for UN development aid to solve communal fighting

Taking the podium at the General Assembly today, Myanmar called on the United Nations to provide development aid for its troubled Rakhine state, where tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities have affected hundreds of thousands of families.

Adverse conditions stop poorer countries reaching development goals, Laos tells UN

Armed conflicts, political unrests, pandemics, and environmental degradation have impeded efforts by the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) to reach the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Laotian Deputy Prime Minister Thongloun Sisovlith told the United Nations General Assembly today.

Pacific islands facing ‘existential threats’ need special attention, Vanuatu’s leader tells UN

Taking to the General Assembly podium today, Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Joe Natuman said that as a Pacific small Island developing State (SIDS), his country was confronted with unique development challenges, which needed to be addressed by the UN and international community.

Afghan minister at UN Assembly lauds country’s achievements, vows international cooperation

Ahead of Monday’s presidential swearing-in, the Afghan Foreign Minister today outlined his country’s achievements in the past year as Afghanistan is on the eve of a “transformative decade” with the transfer of security responsibilities from an international coalition force to the Afghan community by the end of this year.

DPR Korea, in UN address, says reunification ‘only way to prevent war, safeguard peace’

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Ri Su Yong, told delegates that despite recent gains in economic development, his country continued to face “serious obstacles” due to the continuing divisions separating the Korean peninsula.

At General Assembly, Viet Nam urges UN to strengthen global peace, security

In his address to the General Assembly today, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh of Viet Nam called on the United Nations and its Member States to lay a firm and long-term foundation for peace, security and development, adding that only peace and development together could put the international community on the path towards a prosperous world.