Asia Pacific

Ban welcomes new post-2020 climate targets submitted by China and Republic of Korea

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today's formal submission of post-2020 climate change targets or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) by both the China and the Republic of Korea.

Senior UN official urges global action to end years-long plight of 2.6 million Afghan refugees

Expressing concern over the plight of millions of Afghan refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called on the international community to boost its engagement, employ innovative solutions and pro-active joint advocacy to end the world’s largest prolonged humanitarian crisis.

INTERVIEW: Afghanistan must not be forgotten amid more pressing crises, warns UN envoy

The international community must not take its “eye off the ball” when it comes to Afghanistan, the top United Nations envoy there has warned, noting that the country faces numerous challenges that will take quite a bit of time to tackle.

Afghanistan: UN official expresses deep concern after report reveals children bear brunt of conflict

Last year saw more children killed or maimed in Afghanistan since monitoring of those statistics began in 2007, reflecting that “children are bearing the brunt of the conflict,” according to United Nations UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on children and armed conflict in that strife-torn country.

Massive damage to Nepal's healthcare services has put millions of quake survivors at risk, UN warns

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today warned the health of the people who survived Nepal's twin earthquakes could be at risk if regular services are not urgently rebuilt and restored in a country where 80 per cent of health facilities in the 14 most affected districts are damaged.

UN rights chief calls opening of office to monitor issues in DPR Korea a ‘breakthrough’

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, today called the opening in Seoul, Republic of Korea, of an office to work on human rights issues in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) a “breakthrough that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago.”

Nepal: two months on, UN agency shifts post-quake focus from emergency response to recovery

Thousands of porters are carrying food and other relief high into Nepal's mountains, and repairing trails as they go, as part of a shift by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) from emergency response to longer-term recovery, after the 25 April earthquake.

First-ever comprehensive online system to counter narcotics launches in Afghanistan

As the result of a three-year partnership, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Afghan Government today launched the first-ever interactive online system for all counter-narcotics-related data in the country.

Nepal: senior UN development official pledges support ahead of post-quake reconstruction conference

Two months after a massive earthquake and several powerful aftershocks ravaged Nepal, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu, arrived in Kathmandu for a visit will include participation in an International Donors’ Conference aimed at bolstering the country’s post-disaster reconstruction efforts.

New UN office opens in Seoul to monitor human rights issues in DPR Korea

A new UN office to work on the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been opened yesterday in Seoul by the United Nations High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.