Asia Pacific

Afghanistan: UN mine clearance officials strongly condemn murder of four de-miners

United Nations demining officials in Afghanistan today strongly condemned an attack in which unknown militants shot dead four de-miners while a fifth was reported missing in Helmand province, one of the most heavily mined in the strife-torn country.

UN experts urge Pakistani authorities to halt evictions and demolition for new Lahore metro line

Concerned that construction on a new metro line in Lahore, Pakistan, has led to numerous forced evictions and damage to historic and cultural heritage sites, United Nations human rights experts have called on the Government to stop the work and provide more details on the project.

UN health agency urges vigilance in South-East Asia after new case of MERS confirmed in Thailand

The United Nations health agency cautioned South-East Asia States today to remain vigilant against the continuing risks of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) after Thailand confirmed the sometimes fatal disease in a traveller, its second case in seven months.

UN agricultural agency helps Pakistan cope with natural disasters such as floods, quakes, droughts

With Pakistan suffering a multitude of natural disasters each year, including floods, earthquakes, droughts, landslides and avalanches, a United Nations development agency is teaming up with State and provincial authorities to shore up the country's agriculture, among the sectors most affected

‘Imperative to pursue criminal accountability of the DPR Korea leadership’ – UN rights expert

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today called on the international community to further all efforts to improve the human rights situation in the country.

INTERVIEW: goal of first-ever UN resolution resonates even now – a hibakusha’s story

Yasuaki Yamashita, a 76-year-old who makes his home in Mexico, is among the dwindling number of hibakusha – people alive today who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Many, like Mr. Yamashita, have since those horrifying events, dedicated their lives to peace and continue to work for nuclear disarmament.

UN condemns suicide attack targeting media in Kabul

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned the suicide attack against media workers in Kabul yesterday that killed eight and injured 24 civilians, many of them from the media sector, as well as women and children.

UN chief condemns terrorist attack at Pakistani university

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the terrorist attack by armed militants at Bacha Khan University in the city of Charsadda, Pakistan, which killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more.

Reviving domestic demand key to robust and sustainable growth in Asia-Pacific – UN report

Against the backdrop of a global economic slowdown, reinvigorating domestic and intra-regional demand plays a crucial role in reviving economies in Asia and the Pacific, according to a newly released-United Nations report, which also recommends a proactive fiscal policy emphasising productivity and addressing inequalities in the region.

Ban condemns attacks in Jakarta; says ‘absolutely no justification’ for such acts of terrorism

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the bombings and gun attacks today in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and reaffirmed that “there is absolutely no justification” for such acts of terrorism.