Asia Pacific

Following visit to Myanmar, UN envoy calls on all parties to resume dialogue

The United Nations envoy to Myanmar today called on all parties in the country to work to ease tensions, resume dialogue, and ensure that there is humanitarian access to those who have been affected by the violence in the states of Kachin and Rakhine.

Top UN official calls for international inquiry into human rights abuses in DPR Korea

A top United Nations official today condemned the “deplorable” human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and urged the international community to launch an inquiry into serious crimes that have been persistent in the country for decades.

UN chief honoured by online Chinese platform for engagement in social media

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was honoured today for his engagement with social media users and commitment to global dialogue by the Chinese micro-blogging platform Sina Weibo.

Secretary-General 'strongly condemns' multiple deadly attacks in Pakistan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “strongly condemns” the multiple attacks that took place in Quetta and the Swat Valley, in Pakistan, which reportedly killed at least 100 people and injured at least 200 more, according to his spokesperson.

UN human rights office concerned over convictions of 14 activists in Vietnam

The United Nations human rights office has expressed serious concern over the convictions and sentencing of 14 political activists in Vietnam for subversive activities.

Over 2,000 people flee Myanmar following latest bout of violence in Rakhine state – UN

More than 2,000 people have fled Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state and Bangladesh on boats run by smugglers putting their lives at risk, the United Nations refugee agency said today, warning that the situation of those displaced by the violence in Rakhine grows more desperate every day.

In call to Prime Minister, Ban discusses Japan’s economy and role in northeast Asia

Japan’s economy, its role in northeast Asia and its reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami were among the topics covered by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a telephone conversation on Tuesday night with the country’s recently-elected Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, according to the UN chief’s spokesperson.

UNESCO chief mourns death of Indian writer Madanjeet Singh who served as Goodwill Ambassador

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today expressed deep sadness over news of the death of Indian artist and writer Madanjeet Singh, a strong advocate for tolerance and non-violence who passed away on Sunday.

FEATURE: Drawing down – the end of a UN peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste

It was September of 1999 and Timor-Leste was convulsing through its latest spasm of violence.

Ban urges political reconciliation amid reported air strikes in Myanmar’s Kachin state

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took “serious note” of the most recent reports indicating air strikes against targets in Myanmar’s Kachin state, where tens of thousands of civilians were forced from their homes last year due to fighting between the Government and rebels.