Asia Pacific

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.

UN agency calls on global clothing brands to help Cambodian manufacturers absorb wage hike

With the introduction of a new minimum wage for workers in the garment and footwear industry in Cambodia, United Nations experts have called on global brands that source their products from the country to play a part in helping the industry to absorb the cost increases.

In call with Republic of Korea leader, Ban reaffirms support for peace on Korean Peninsula

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Park Geun-hye, discussed the country’s continued support for the work of the United Nations amid wider efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula in a phone call on New Year’s Day.

Ban strongly condemns shelling that struck Afghan wedding party

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in the “strongest terms” the recent shelling that hit a wedding party in Afghanistan and reportedly killed 25 people and wounded 45 others.

UN chief conveys condolences after crash of Malaysian airliner

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his “sincerest condolences” to the families of the crew members and passengers of downed AirAsia flight QZ8501 as recovery efforts continue amid harsh conditions in the Java Sea.