Asia Pacific

China urges UN Assembly to break new ground when setting future development goals

The new sustainable development agenda should advance people’s wellbeing, promote inclusivity and ensure implementation, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the United Nations General Assembly, delivering his country’s annual address to the world body.

Thailand, in UN address, urges ‘strong global partnership’ for development goals

Sustainable development must go “hand in hand” with democracy, human rights, and peace and security, Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn of Thailand told the United Nations General Assembly today while adding that ensuring human security should be at the heart of each nation’s sustainable development programme.

Rich must help poorer States in post-2015 development, Bangladesh tells UN Assembly

From the podium of the General Assembly today, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for global aid for poorer countries as the United Nations draws up the post-2015 agenda, an ambitious multi-year development blueprint that aims to eliminate poverty and protect the environment.

India’s leader calls for genuine global partnership for peace and prosperity at UN Assembly

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking in the name of 1.25 billion compatriots, issued a fervent plea from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today for genuine global partnership to further peace, inclusive development and an environmentally sustainable world.

Australian-Cambodian refugee agreement could set disturbing precedent – UN agency

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today expressed deep apprehension today over a new refugee agreement between Australia and Cambodia barring Nauru refugees seeking Australia’s protection from settling there, offering them instead settlement in Cambodia.

Pakistan leader, in Assembly address, spotlights climate change, regional concerns

The Prime Minister of Pakistan today spotlighted the impact of extreme weather events on his country and also urged the international community to resolve the ongoing dispute over Kashmir, which is one of the longest-running issues on the United Nations agenda.

Myanmar: UN chief urges country to move beyond ‘narrow agendas’ and towards cooperation

Myanmar has shown progress in areas of socio-economic development, national reconciliation and democratization, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed today, while also warning that the Asian country still faced “critical hurdles” as it approached its impending elections.

Central Asian, Caucasus leaders outline development strategies for region

In his remarks to the General Assembly, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Erlan Idrissov, said he was particularly concerned with the continuing violence in the Middle East and Africa, and now Ukraine, whose impact extends to the entire region including through sanctions being imposed by countries that together make up 60 per cent of the world GDP (gross domestic product).

‘Coalition of moderates’ must fight extremists of all religions, Malaysian leader tells UN

At the General Assembly today, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak paid tribute to both MH370 and MH17 flights – “twin tragedies” – that will hopefully change the global aviation system for the better.

UN rights office urges stay for defendants in Afghan gang-rape case sentenced to death

The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Afghanistan to halt the death sentences in a case against a group of men charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and gang-rape in a province of Kabul.