Asia Pacific

Ban urges greater cooperation on regional challenges among Central Asian nations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater cooperation amongst the countries of Central Asia, urging them to deepen their links to address the region’s challenges and to seize opportunities for shared progress.

UN report urges greater implementation of law protecting women’s rights in Afghanistan

Afghan women continue to be targeted by acts of gender-based violence despite specific laws designed to protect them, a new report released by the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has warned.

China’s patent office now the world’s biggest, UN innovation report finds

China registered the most patent applications globally last year, leading the world in an indicator that the United Nations intellectual property (IP) agency uses to measure innovation.

Philippines: UN seeks $65 million to provide lifesaving aid to survivors of Typhoon Bopha

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed to the international community for $65 million to provide immediate lifesaving aid and support in recovery to the millions affected by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines.

UN official calls for Bangladesh’s next elections to be ‘peaceful, inclusive and credible’

A senior United Nations political official has called for Bangladesh’s next parliamentary elections to be “peaceful, inclusive and credible,” and has encouraged those taking part to work together and to engage in constructive dialogue towards these ends.

UN officials condemn assassination of women’s affairs worker in Afghanistan

Along with a former President of Finland, two senior United Nations officials today jointly condemned the assassination of Nadia Sidiqi, an Afghan provincial official working in women’s affairs.

Nuclear plants in Japan operating normally following earthquake – UN atomic agency

Nuclear plants near the region that was hit by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan appear to be operating normally, the United Nations atomic energy agency said today, adding that no emergency measures have been put into place so far.

UN expert urges China to release nephew of human rights activist Chen Guangcheng

A United Nations independent expert today urged China to immediately release Chen Kegui, the nephew of blind human rights defender Chen Guangcheng who currently lives in the United States, stressing that the Government must stop acts of retaliation against the activist.

UN independent expert warns economic growth in Mongolia is not benefiting the poor

While the Mongolian economy has experienced continued growth, this has not benefited the country’s poor, a United Nations independent expert warned today, urging the Government to adopt poverty reduction strategies based on human rights approaches.

UN anti-crime agency pledges continued support to Indonesia to combat corruption

A United Nations senior official today reaffirmed the world body’s support for Indonesia’s anti-corruption efforts, particularly in the environmental sector.