Asia Pacific

In Myanmar, Ban urges greater capacity in Southeast Asia to promote human rights, justice

The United Nations stands ready to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its member States in strengthening national capacity to protect human rights, provide justice and promote accountability in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Opium harvest in Afghanistan hits new high in 2014 – UN

Opium cultivation and production in Afghanistan reached record levels this year, with the former increasing seven per cent to 224,000 hectares in 2014, and production levels potentially climbing as much as 17 per cent, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In Afghanistan, UN crime chief pledges support to combat ‘disastrous’ drug trade, corruption

Visiting Kabul over the weekend, the head of the United Nations agency combating all forms of criminal activity, met with newly-elected President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and pledged support to counter the harmful effects of illicit drugs, organized crime and corruption on Afghanistan and its people.

Ban welcomes release of two US nationals held by DPR Korea

The release of two United States nationals by the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) provides hope for “positive momentum” as international parties work to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

One year after devastating storm, UN says Philippines ‘well on road to recovery’

One year after super Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines, destroying large swaths of the archipelago, the United Nations has declared the country to be well on the road to recovery as efforts to rebuild the livelihoods of local communities particularly farmers and fishers begin to yield results.

Asia-Pacific: UN official urges deeper regional connectivity for landlocked developing countries

Greater regional connectivity through integrated and terrestrial networks is vital to effectively linking Asia’s 12 landlocked development countries (LLDCs) to the region’s infrastructure networks, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said today.

UN rights chief condemns ‘disinformation campaign’ to discredit Sri Lanka probe

The top United Nations rights official today criticized the continuing attacks by the Sri Lankan Government on the integrity of the ongoing investigation being carried out by his Office into alleged grave human rights abuses in the country, and condemned ‘insidious attempts’ to intimidate those wishing to cooperate with the probe.

UN official calls for economic diversification for Asia’s landlocked developing countries

Asia’s landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) need a stable investment-friendly and competitive macro-economic policy framework, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said Tuesday, calling for action to promote economic diversification in order to reduce volatility of economic and export growth.

Ban strongly condemns terrorist attack at India-Pakistan border

Strongly condemning the terrorist attack that took place yesterday on the Pakistani side of the Wagah border with India, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Today urged the authorities in Pakistan to bring those responsible to justice.

China 'key' to shaping future of global humanitarian action – top UN relief official

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, concluding a two-day mission to China today said the world can learn a great deal from the Asian country's experience in building disaster management and response capacity.