Asia Pacific

UN chief urges Iraq political leaders to form new government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all Iraqi political parties to work towards the formation of a new government that would be able to confront the threat from the armed group, the Islamic State (IS).

UN agency chief warns that northern Iraq is facing 'cultural cleansing'

As United Nations humanitarian agencies and partners are extending aid to hundreds of thousands of families on the run in northern Iraq from armed militants, a senior UN official is calling for an immediate stop to what she termed an “emerging cultural cleansing.”

Afghan presidential candidates agree to political deal, UN mission confirms

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today said that it welcomes a political agreement reached between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and looks forward to their pledged progress on moving ahead to form a national unity government.

UN Asia-Pacific forum calls for inclusive, job-generating growth to bridge region’s income gap

With 743 million people in Asia and the Pacific still desperately poor, it is essential that growth be sustainable, inclusive and job-generating, declared the head of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as it kicked off its Ministerial Segment in Bangkok today.

UN-backed tribunal sentences Khmer Rouge leaders to life in prison

A United Nations-backed court has found the two most senior surviving leaders of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced them to life in prison.

Asia-Pacific developing countries see ‘subdued’ growth for third straight year – UN report

Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific are experiencing yet another year of subdued economic growth, marking the third successive year of growth below 6 per cent, according to the annual flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Japan’s stance on ‘comfort women’ issue violates victims’ rights – UN official

The United Nations human rights chief today expressed profound regret that Japan has not provided effective redress to victims of wartime sexual slavery leading back to the end of the Second World War.

Tragic past of Hiroshima atomic bombing must inspire future free of nuclear weapons – Ban

Remembering all those who died in the bombing of Hiroshima and, later, Nagasaki, some 69 years ago, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the atrocious memories of that tragedy must inspire new generations to work towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

Afghanistan: UN envoy extends condolences after deadly attack

A “tragedy” is how the top United Nations official in Afghanistan summed up an attack on international forces today outside of Kabul in which a man wearing an Afghan military uniform reportedly gunned down at least 15 troops, including a high-ranking officer.

UN rights office urges probe of alleged torture of ‘Red Shirt’ activist

The United Nations human rights office today called for an independent investigation into the alleged torture of Kritsuda Khunasen, a Thai student activist who was working for a key member of the “Red Shirts” group when she was detained and held in custody for nearly a month.