Asia Pacific

In Kyrgyzstan, UN chief celebrates parliaments as beacon of human rights efforts

The world’s parliaments play a “fundamental” role in ensuring human rights protections for the global citizenry and, as a result, must reflect international human rights standards in their legislation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he continued on his Central Asian trip with a visit to Kyrgyzstan.

UN health agency begins review of MERS outbreak in Republic of Korea

A joint mission by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare to review the situation regarding the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV), has begun its work in Seoul, the agency confirmed today.

Religious leaders at forefront of fight against intolerance, says UN chief

Religious leaders have a pivotal role to play in times of turmoil, during which they can provide a values-based glue to hold communities together and provide common ground for peace-making and problem solving, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at a conference in Kazakhstan.

Ban welcomes 'milestone' agreement on new Nepal constitution

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement of a new constitution for Nepal as “a major milestone” in the country's democratic development, a spokesperson for the United Nations confirmed today.

UN-backed fund reaches $30 million target to compensate victims of Bangladesh factory collapse

Set up in October 2013 with assistance from the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Rana Plaza Coordination Committee has announced that it met its $30 million target so that it can pay out full compensation to the victims and families of a deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh that claimed more than 1, 100 lives and left scores of others injured.

INTERVIEW: Heading to Central Asia, UN chief pledges to promote ‘common response’ to region’s diverse challenges

Aiming to support and promote a common response to the many cross-border challenges Central Asia faces – from environmental degradation to drug trafficking and water scarcity – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to the region this week for meetings in which he will also touch on key UN priorities, such as ensuring sustainable development and tackling climate change.

Almost 1,000 civilians killed in Afghanistan conflict during the first 4 months of this year

The conflict in Afghanistan is resulting in thousands of people being killed or wounded, forcing families to leave their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring communities, according to Mark Bowden, the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in the country.

Pakistan: UN experts urge halt to execution of child offender, reinstatement of death penalty moratorium

The Government of Pakistan must halt the execution of a man convicted of a crime committed as a child and reinstate the country’s moratorium on the death penalty, three United Nations human rights experts have urged.

UN health agency dispatches team to Seoul after fourth death reported from MERS

The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that in light of the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, resulting in four deaths in the Republic of Korea, it will send a team to Seoul to conduct a joint mission to look into the situation and assess public health response efforts.

UN refugee agency seeks $13 million to beef up protections for boat arrivals in Southeast Asia

The United Nations refugee agency today announced that it is seeking $13 million to help with the needs of new boat arrivals to countries in Southeast Asia, where thousands of refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been risking their lives by crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.