Asia Pacific

In UN Assembly speech, Pakistan’s Prime Minister proposes new peace initiative with India

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif proposed today renewed peace talks with India, aimed at defining the relationship between the Asian countries ‘as one of cooperation, not confrontation.’

Terrorism and climate change greatest threats to humanity, Bangladeshi leader tells UN Assembly

As the global community marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh told the UN General Assembly today that two global challenges pose the greatest threat to the sustainability of humankind: terrorism and violent extremism, and climate change.

Afghanistan: UN stresses need to protect civilians amid reported abuses in Kunduz

Amid reports of extrajudicial executions, abductions and other abuses in Kunduz following this week’s attack by the Taliban, the United Nations today reminded all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan of their obligations to protect civilians and to respect human rights at all times.

At UN, President of Sri Lanka details country’s ‘new vision’ built on sustainability and reconciliation

After years of conflict, “a new era of democracy” dawned in Sri Lanka this year, ushering in justice, freedom and equality, the country’s President told the United Nations General Assembly today, reporting that his Government supports a “fresh universal approach” that deals honestly with the past while pursuing sustainable development.

Prime Minister applauds 2030 Agenda, pledges work towards a sustainable Thailand

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, commended the Organization on its recent adoption of Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and spoke on a wide-ranging topics including Thailand’s bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

At UN, Australia says action on Global Goals will 'transform world' for betterment of all

Speaking to the 70th United Nations General Assembly, Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, commended the unanimous endorsement and adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN and its Member States.

Fighting terrorism and drug trafficking are key priority’s for Tajikistan, President tells UN Assembly

Taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today, Emomali Rahmon, the President of Tajikistan, stressed that combating terrorism and extremism, and curbing drug trafficking are some of the top priorities for his country.

At UN, Japan announces major boost in assistance for Syrian and Iraqi refugees

In his address to the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, vowed to enhance his country's assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons from Syria and Iraq.

Upcoming elections represent milestone in Myanmar’s democratic transition – Ban

The upcoming elections represent a milestone in Myanmar’s transition to democracy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, adding that their credibility will depend on acceptance of its outcome among the political leaders and the broader population.

At UN, Mongolian President urges coordinated action to tackle pressing global issues

In his speech at the 70th United Nations General Assembly’s annual General Debate, Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj urged his international counterparts to unite and exercise decisive leadership to fulfil UN’s core missions.