Asia Pacific

'Suffering an enormous human cost', civilian casualties up nearly 20 per cent in 2014 – UN

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased by nearly 20 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year and are expected to rise to a figure over 10,000 by end of December – for the first time since the UN mission in the country began keeping record in 2008.

Cambodia: ‘Substantial grounds’ to believe Montagnards may be in danger, UN warns

The United Nations agencies responsible for human rights and refugees are voicing concern today over the health and well-being of 13 Vietnamese Montagnards who have been hiding in the Cambodian jungle for more than seven weeks with no access to assistance or protection.

General Assembly decides to refer UN report on human rights in DPR Korea to Security Council

Condemning “ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights” in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution today by which it would transmit a UN-backed report probing such violations to the Security Council.

Asia-Pacific report: World’s most disaster prone region experiences three-fold rise in deaths

Asia and the Pacific is the world’s most natural disaster-prone area and accounts for more than 60 per cent of the world’s hungry people, but continues to drive the global economic recovery, according to the United Nations Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014, released today.

Afghanistan: UN officials urge reforms, fight against drug trade to ensure country’s security

As Afghanistan builds upon recent political developments, including the formation of a unity government, the country’s authorities and the international community must not ignore the immense challenges that lie ahead, from simmering insecurity to an escalating drug crisis, two senior United Nations officials declared today during their briefing to the Security Council.

In Nepal, UN meeting seeks to boost development ranking of Asia-Pacific’s poorest nations

A United Nations-backed meeting focusing on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of Asia and the Pacific kicked off today as international delegates, UN officials and Government ministers embarked on discussions over how to help the region’s poorest nations “graduate” to a higher level of development.

UN Asia-Pacific forum begins registration, statistics partnership to improve data, policies

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has announced its involvement in an international partnership to improve civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems in the Asia-Pacific region.

Taliban attack on Pakistan school an act of ‘horror and rank cowardice', says UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “blood-curdling attack” on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has cost the lives of at least 130 people, the vast majority of whom were children.

Critical gaps remain in early warning 10 years after Indian Ocean tsunami – UN

A decade after the Indian Ocean tsunami struck, the Asia-Pacific region remains highly disaster prone and critical gaps remain in early warning, especially in reaching the most vulnerable people and remote communities, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said today.

Afghanistan: Security Council backs agreement on new non-combat NATO mission

Amid ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council today welcomed the agreement between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Afghan Government to establish a new non-combat, training, advisory and assistance mission, which would begin operation in January 2015.