Asia Pacific

New UN report finds migrants play critical role in Asia-Pacific development

Migrants from countries across Asia and the Pacific play a key role by helping to drive economic growth in their countries of destination while also supporting families in their countries of origin, but the benefits of migration remain under-acknowledged, a new United Nations report has found.

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns deadly bombing near governor's office in Kunar province

Condemning today's suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province that killed 11 civilians and injured more than 30 others, the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) reiterated that indiscriminate use of explosives in areas crowded by civilians is a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

UN rights expert urges Russia not to implement new extradition treaty with DRP Korea

A United Nations rights expert today urged the Government of the Russian Federation not to implement an extradition treaty signed with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) earlier this month.

Fiji: UNICEF steps up response as 'full picture' of Cyclone Winston's impact becomes clearer

As the full picture of the worst cyclone ever to hit Fiji becomes more apparent, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that up to 120,000 children across the county may be badly affected.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of journalist in the Philippines

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for an investigation into the murder of journalist Elvis Ordaniza in the Philippines earlier this month.

Bay of Bengal 'three times more deadly' than Mediterranean for migrants and refugees – UN

Refugees and migrants crossing the seas of Southeast Asia died at a rate three times higher than those in the Mediterranean last year, a new United Nations report has found, highlighting the urgency of greater life-saving cooperation among the affected States.

Fiji receives relief supplies in wake of Cyclone Winston as UN backs up Government response

The United Nations has begun its work of providing international assistance to the Pacific islands of Fiji, hit by a powerful tropical cyclone that left at least 28 people dead and some 14,000 people sheltering in evacuation centres.

Afghanistan: UN calls on all parties to respect protected status of medical facilities and personnel

Following two incidents in the past week that put access to health care in Afghanistan under attack, the United Nations mission in the country has urged all parties to refrain from targeting hospitals and to take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among their patients and personnel.

UN ‘trusted partner’ for all political parties in Maldives, senior political official says after visit

The United Nations should stay engaged in facilitating a political dialogue between the Government of Maldives and the opposition parties, said a senior UN political official on the heels of a two-day visit to the island nation.

Fiji: UN and Government assess needs in wake of ‘catastrophic’ Cyclone Winston

The United Nations has begun its assessment of the needs for international assistance to the islands of Fiji, hit by a powerful tropical cyclone that left at least 21 people dead and more than 8,000 people sheltering in evacuation centres over the weekend.