Asia Pacific

Hostile US polices have made Korean Peninsula 'world's most dangerous hotspot,' DPRK tells UN

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) told the United Nations General Assembly today that while the Organization aspires towards sustainable development, the world is besieged by terrorism and a refugee crisis due to war and increasing global hotspots.

UN’s development work must heed calls of the most vulnerable, says Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister

Noting that the 2016 is the first year for the United Nations to implement the historic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea underscored that the role of the global organization is more crucial than ever in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

Papua New Guinea decries lack of democracy, female representation in UN bodies

Calling for reform of United Nations institutions, Papua New Guinea today deplored from the General Assembly podium the lack of democratic principles shown by the pre-eminence of the 15-member Security Council over the 193-member Assembly.

Kazakhstan at UN Assembly urges cooperation amid 'fragmented' world economy

Amid the global economic slowdown and new trans-continental trade and investment arrangements that may lead to a fragmented world economy, the international community must seek greater cooperation to safeguard its future, Kazakhstan’s foreign minister warned the United Nations General Assembly today.

Small island nations urge UN General Assembly to act to save their very existence

Leaders of low-lying island States threatened with being flooded out of existence by rising seas again took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to appeal for urgent action even as the Paris Agreement moves forward to counter climate change.

Effective border controls make Australia successful 'immigration nation,' Prime Minister tells UN

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, stressed the need to resist “the rising tide of protectionism” but most importantly “the threat of conflict and instability.”

Despite progress on Global Goals, Bangladesh faces ‘new wave of terrorism,’ Prime Minister tells UN

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, today said that her country has already mainstreamed most Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its national development plans.

Global cooperation vital to achieve Agenda 2030, Thai leader tells UN Assembly

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that global cooperation is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to eliminate poverty, hunger and a host of social ills by 2030, on the second day of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate.

At UN Assembly, President of Sri Lanka outlines plan for peace and sustainable development

Outlining steps towards reconciliation, democracy and alleviation of poverty, President of Sri Lanka expressed his commitment to take necessary action in order to achieve long-term peace and sustainable development, including protecting the environment.

Small island States threatened by rising seas call at UN General Assembly for urgent mitigation

Small island Pacific States threatened with disappearing under the flood of rising oceans took the podium at the General Assembly today to warn that the United Nations remains their last best hope as climate change outpaces efforts to counter it.