Asia Pacific

UN to stay engaged in Timor-Leste after peacekeeping mission ends, says senior official

The United Nations and the broader international community will remain engaged in Timor-Leste beyond December, when the world body’s peacekeeping mission withdraws from the country, a top UN official told the Security Council today.

Ban welcomes Australia’s decision to join second phase of Kyoto Protocol

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Australia’s announcement that it will sign up for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, his spokesperson said, referring to the legally binding treaty to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and for which the first period for emission reduction commitments is due to expire at the end of this year.

UN rights chief to Southeast Asian leaders: make your landmark human rights declaration more inclusive

The top United Nations human rights official today called leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to review their efforts to produce the region’s first ever human rights declaration, saying there had been insufficient input from civil society and other stakeholders in the document’s drafting.

Timor-Leste: Security Council praises country’s progress, reaffirms continued UN support

On an official visit to the Timor-Leste this week, members of the Security Council praised the “historic milestones” achieved by the southeast Asian nation since it restored independence in 2002, and reiterated the support of the United Nations as the country faces new challenges.

UN hails effort by the Philippines to protect refugees and stateless people

The United Nations refuge agency today lauded the Philippines for being the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to establish a procedure to protect both refugees and stateless people.

UN distributes food for more than 27,000 people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

The United Nations food relief agency today said it has begun distributing food for over 27,000 people in all the townships affected by recent inter-communal violence over the past month in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Security situation remains tense in Myanmar's Rakhine state, says UN humanitarian agency

The security situation in Myanmar's Rakhine province is still tense after a recent wave of violence which began in October, the United Nations humanitarian agency said today, adding that more than 110,000 displaced people are in urgent need of food, shelter and health care assistance.

China must urgently address rights violations in Tibet – UN senior official

The United Nations human rights chief today urged China to address the allegations of rights violations in Tibet, which have led to an alarming escalation of “desperate” forms of protest in the region, including self-immolations.

UN refugee agency urges calm amid latest violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

The United Nations refugee agency has called for an immediate return to calm in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where ongoing inter-communal violence has uprooted more than 35,000 people.

UN health agency warns of threat from rising anti-malarial drug resistance in Asia-Pacific region

Growing resistance to a key anti-malarial drug derived from a shrub used in traditional Chinese medicine is threatening to roll back gains made in combating the disease, a United Nations-backed health conference that concluded today in Sydney, Australia, has heard.