Asia Pacific

Boosting productivity key to economic growth in Asia-Pacific – UN

As nations begin implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the next phase of Asia-Pacific economic growth should be driven by broad-based productivity gains and further rebalancing towards domestic and regional demand, the United Nations said today in a new survey.

BAKU: UN Global Forum ends with renewed commitment to create inclusive societies

A global conference convened by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations UNAOC concluded today, with delegations, who gathered in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, making a renewed commitment to creating inclusive societies.

Water scarcity in DPR Korea causes first drop in food production since 2010 – UN agency

The total food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) decreased by nine per cent in 2015, marking the first drop since 2010 due to drought and low irrigation water availability, the latest report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed today.

Fastest population shift in history is ‘make or break’ opportunity for Asia-Pacific – UN agency

If Asia-Pacific countries do not start planning for demographic changes, they will miss out on a unique opportunity to boost growth and investments for the future, risking a surge in youth frustration and exacerbating instability, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) underlined today in its latest Regional Human Development Report.

Nepal: UN continues to support sustainable post-disaster earthquake recovery

A year after a series of major earthquakes devastated large areas of Nepal, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners are continuing to support green and sustainable post-disaster recovery in the country.

Security Council strongly condemns firing of ballistic missile by DPR Korea

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile yesterday by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), reiterating that such activities increase tension in the region and beyond.

Right to adequate housing in India a matter of ‘urgency’ – UN expert

Expressing grave concern over a number of issues regarding the right to housing in India, an independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government for immediate attention and implementation of the right to ensure adequate housing for the most disadvantaged.

Thailand: UN human rights chief concerned over growing military role in Government

The United Nations human rights chief today expressed growing concern about the military's deepening role in Thailand's civilian administration, as well as tight curbs on dissent, as the country prepares to vote on a final draft Constitution.

Nepal: one year after earthquake, UN food relief agency focuses on most vulnerable

A year after an earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 9,000 people and led to damages and losses estimated at $7 billion, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it is working with the Government so those most vulnerable to food insecurity are not left behind.

Fiji: Humanitarian work ‘far from over’ two months after storm, UN reports

Marking two months since Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, the United Nations senior humanitarian official in the South Pacific has said that “work is far from over” and that there are significant needs for continued relief efforts.