Asia Pacific

At meeting with Pacific island leaders, Ban urges progress on climate change fight

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded Pacific Island nations for their “strong position” on the sustainable development of the world’s oceans and underscored the United Nations’ continuing role in assisting the region’s small island developing states (SIDS) in their battles against climate change and in their transition to democracy.

Tajikistan leader says new development agenda must learn from past gaps, flaws

Taking to the General Assembly podium tonight, Prime Minister of Tajikistan, Qohir Rasulzoda, called on world leaders to establish a new global partnership that will not only advance a future sustainable development plan but will also address the gaps and flaws of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Timor-Leste leader calls for more active UN during General Assembly debate

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão of Timor-Leste, a country which the United Nations shepherded to independence from Indonesia a dozen years ago, told the General Assembly today that while the world body still embodies hope for millions of people it needs to become more active in the face of a multitude of problems.

Working together, 'no limits to what we can achive' Australian leader tells UN

Nations working together can serve our common humanity, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the annual United Nations summit, reiterating Australia’s goal to be a “light on the hill” amid terrorism, aggression and the outbreak of disease.

Nicholas Haysom of South Africa appointed as new UN envoy for Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as the top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, it was announced today.

UN must lead world in united response to unprecedented crises, says Japan’s Abe

Warning that humankind faces “unprecedented crises,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today called on the world to become a truly “United Nations” in a multidimensional battle, from combating the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, to fighting Islamist extremism, and enhancing women’s rights globally.

Turkmenistan leader says UN must lead in preserving stability, strengthening faith in institutions

There is no military solution to international and internal conflicts in today’s world, Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister, Rashid Meredov, told the General Assembly today, urging the United Nations to take the lead role in resolving contradictions, preserving stability, and strengthening faith in institutions.

Sri Lanka’s President tells UN Assembly post-2015 agenda must address structural obstacles to development

The President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa in his address to world leaders at the United Nations this evening, said that the post-2015 agenda must focus on strengthening partnerships between developing and developed countries, which are essential for countries in the South to access financial resources and technology.

At UN Assembly, Mongolian leader underscores needs of landlocked developing countries

Spotlighting the concerns of least-developed land-locked countries, the President of Mongolia today told the United Nations General Assembly that the newly created sustainable development agenda do not adequately address his country’s special needs.

Republic of Korea President calls on UN to spearhead way towards reunification

Citing the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea (ROK), used her address to the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly today to call on the United Nations to spearhead efforts to tear down the world’s last remaining “wall of division” and reunite the Korean peninsula.