Asia Pacific

Rohingya refugees drown as boat capsizes in rough waters off coast of Bangladesh – UN

At least four Rohingyas fleeing unrest in Myanmar drowned when a small fishing boat capsized in rough seas off the Bangladesh coast, the United Nations reported Tuesday, also warning that with thousands of refugees still heading to Cox's Bazar every day, sprawling makeshift camps there are now dangerously congested and overcrowded.

FEATURE: As Afghan war grinds on, a marginalized young generation raises its voice

Confronting the horrors of a war they hope to end one day, young Afghans are making themselves heard through traditional media and on the Internet. These Afghans, many educated and non-traditional, are countering messages from militant groups which seek to play upon ethnic and religious differences to encourage violence.

Asia-Pacific's economic gains must not undercut social and environmental goals, says UN regional forum

While the Asia-Pacific trade outlook for this year is positive, some uncertainties ¬– including the possible impact of structural rebalancing of China from export orientation to domestic consumption – are forecast for 2018, the United Nations commission for the region said Monday.

Don’t let security crisis overshadow human rights situation in DPR Korea – UN expert

The international security crisis over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) must not overshadow the human rights situation of millions of ordinary citizens in the country, a United Nations human rights expert has said.

Rohingya crisis: UN agencies focus on improving access as overcrowded camps hamper response

As the number of Rohingya refugees sheltering in southern Bangladesh crosses 800,000, United Nations agencies responding to the crisis are working hard to ensure access in the difficult to reach area so that much needed assistance can be delivered in a timely manner.

Crisis in Rakhine 'decades in the making' and reaches beyond Myanmar's borders – UN rights expert

Voicing concern that hate speech and incitement to violence against Myanmar's Rohingya community has been “cultivated for decades” in the minds of the country's people, a United Nations human rights expert urged the Security Council to act strongly to resolve the crisis.

UN migration agency delivers hygiene kits to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Soap, toothbrushes, water containers and liquid antiseptic are among the items the United Nations migration agency is distributing to the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees that have settled in sprawling camps that cover the Cox's Bazar district of southern Bangladesh.

Brazilian student wins Tokyo photo contest on UN Global Goals

A Brazilian university student has won the top prize of the United Nations-backed photo contest that puts the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the spotlight.

Rohingya crisis: Donors pledge $344 million at UN-backed conference to support aid efforts

A United Nations-supported humanitarian conference today raised more than $344 million to fund critical relief programmes for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh.

‘Cycle of violence must end,’ says UN chief, condemning latest attacks in Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned today’s attacks at mosques in Afghanistan’s Kabul city and Ghor Province during Friday prayers.