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Japanese-Korean accord on ‘comfort women’ must be speedily implemented, says UN official

Commending the Governments of Japan and the Republic of Korea on their landmark agreement to resolve the longstanding issue of ‘comfort women,’ a senior United Nations human rights official today called for its speedy implementation to heal the still raw wound.

UN chief welcomes agreement between Japan and Republic of Korea on ‘comfort women’

Welcoming today’s agreement between Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) on the issues related to “comfort women,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the two countries to look to the future in their relationships while still recognizing history.

Afghanistan: UN helps humanitarian aid reach war-affected families in Kunduz

The United Nations and its partners have helped deliver humanitarian aid packages to over 100 families affected by the recent fighting in the Kunduz area of northern Afghanistan, according to the UN mission in the country.

Cambodia: UN agency urges dialogue to resolve labour dispute in Special Economic Zones

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today called on Cambodian workers, trade unions, Government and employers to engage in dialogue to resolve a confrontation in the Special Economic Zones in Bavet City and enable a return to work.

Ban extends condolences to people, Government of China in wake of devastating landslide

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the devastating landslide in Shenzhen and expressed his solidarity with the people and Government of China.

Security Council strongly condemns deadly terrorist attack near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council today condemned “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack in Afghanistan that killed at least six United States service members, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, saying “no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability.”

Despite progress, Afghanistan faces major economic, security and political challenges in 2016 – UN envoy

At the end of the first year of its transformation decade, the Afghan National Unity Government is struggling to project national unity, security has deteriorated as it grapples with intensified fighting with much less international support, and the economy remains a matter of concern, the top United Nations official in the country warned today.

Opium production in Myanmar and Laos are stable at high levels, new UN report shows

Opium poppy cultivation has stabilized at high levels in Myanmar and Lao People’s Democratic Republic, but “the region’s demand for heroin remains at unacceptably high levels and transnational organized crime groups are making huge profits,” according to a new survey released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Afghanistan: despite intensification of violence, UN official reports progress in overall relief assistance

Amid increased levels of violence in Afghanistan that has now spread across a large part of the country, the United Nations Deputy Special Representative there, reported today overall progress in the ability to provide relief aid to those in need, as all parties to the conflict have shown an increase respect for humanitarian laws.

In Kabul, UN political chief pledges continued support for Afghanistan

During a trip to Kabul, the top United Nations political official pledged continued support to the Government and people of Afghanistan as they face several challenges, especially in the economy and in security.