Asia Pacific

UN envoy lauds ‘historic’ Myanmar ceasefire as Government, armed groups build ‘new levels of trust’

The latest ceasefire reached between the Government of Myanmar and 16 ethnic armed groups operating in the Asian country is “a historic and significant achievement,” bringing to an end more than 60 years of conflict and hostilities, a United Nations envoy has declared.

In Vanuatu, UNICEF launches ‘back-to-school’ relief as country recovers from Cyclone Pam

As schools reopen across the cyclone-battered nation of Vanuatu, 30,000 children will begin receiving targeted assistance in order to help them resume classes and continue with their studies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

Vanuatu: UN relief official warns ‘secondary emergency’ looming, urges long-term aid

Two weeks after Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the archipelago on a tour through one of the most severely affected provinces Saturday, warned of a “secondary emergency” and urged a scale-up in efforts to provide the essentials to people in need.

UN-backed court charges former Khmer Rouge leader with crimes against humanity

The United Nations-backed court set up to bring to trial those most responsible for crimes committed during Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime today announced charges against former member Ao An of “crimes against humanity of murder, extermination, persecution on political and religious grounds, imprisonment, and other inhumane acts” committed at three sites.

Cyclone Pam: UN agency reports all 22 Vanuatu islands reached with relief supplies

Two weeks after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, the United Nations says it has reached all 22 storm-affected islands of the country, with food for more than 160,000 people.

In wake of Cyclone Pam, UN launches humanitarian appeal for battered Vanuatu

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched a flash appeal for urgent funding to help with ongoing relief efforts in Vanuatu following the devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam.

UN offers condolences on death of former Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Singapore’s former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, praising his “strong leadership and statesmanship” and describing him as “a legendary figure in Asia,” according to a United Nations spokesperson.

UN's Ban welcomes Tonga ratification of key gender equality convention

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the Government of Tonga for its decision to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, otherwise known as CEDAW.

UN chief welcomes key meeting between foreign ministers of China, Japan, Republic of Korea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the opening of the seventh Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting which brings together the foreign ministers of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea to discuss key regional issues, the United Nations spokesperson said today.

UN official urges continued international support as Vanuatu recovers from Cyclone Pam

The international community must ramp up financial and humanitarian support for Vanuatu's most vulnerable communities as they begin to rebuild and recover from the devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today.