Asia Pacific

Afghanistan: UN-backed mine clearing project reports 34 killed during 2014

The United Nations-supported Mine Action Programme in Afghanistan (MAPA) has said today that while 2014 could prove to have been a major turning point in the country’s long and tortured history, it was also a year that had inflicted “immense and unprecedented tragedy” on the programme’s personnel.

In India, UN chief commends country’s leadership on climate change

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today before departing India met with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to discuss India’s leading role in climate change reform.

New UNICEF ‘atlas’ charts development disparities affecting China’s children

A newly published atlas outlining the vast socio-economic discrepancies separating millions of Chinese rural children from their urban counterparts has been released in an effort to address the country’s inequalities and boost assistance for China’s most vulnerable youths, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

Asia-Pacific growth to pick up moderately in 2015 – new UN report

Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific are forecast to grow at an average of 5.8 per cent this year, up from 5.6 per cent in 2014, spurred by decreased inflation and a steep decline in oil prices, according to a new United Nations report that indicates that structural reforms and lower oil prices can boost growth for sustainable development.

In phone call, UN chief congratulates newly elected President of Sri Lanka

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a phone call to Sri Lanka today, congratulated newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and discussed the nation’s future development plans and post-war agenda.

On India visit, Ban stresses country’s role in security, human rights, development

India can play a major role in addressing global challenges such as poverty, displacement, terrorism and climate change, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today as he addressed the Indian Council of World Affairs, calling on the country to drive peace, champion human rights and lead on sustainable development.

UN Afghanistan mission welcomes Government's nomination of unity cabinet

The nomination of Afghanistan's unity cabinet, part of a wider move to bring together the country's political factions, is an important milestone in the nation's political development, the top United Nations envoy there announced today.

In India, Ban pledges UN commitment to Gandhi's vision of peace, tolerance, dignity for all

Growing radicalization, fundamentalism and extremism demand a renewed emphasis of Mahatma Gandhi's ideals – both spiritual and political, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Gujarat today, pledging the onging commitment of the United Nations to promote tolerance, and ensure justice and dignity for all.

Ban commends success of Sri Lanka presidential election, peaceful transfer of power

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Sri Lanka on the successful conclusion of the country’s presidential election, and welcomed the constitutional transfer of power.

UN refugee agency, Afghan Government launch winter assistance plan to help displaced

As the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners begin distributing cold-weather supplies to some of Kabul’s most vulnerable residents, the Agency’s representative in Kabul has warned that many people, especially children, are continuing to suffer, particularly those living in Kabul’s informal settlements.