Asia Pacific

UN agencies issue urgent funding appeal to meet critical needs in DPR Korea

Five United Nations agencies have issued an urgent appeal for $29.4 million to meet the most critical health and nutrition needs of the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the rest of this year.

UN launches initiative to achieve ‘zero hunger’ in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations today launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific, calling on governments, farmers, scientists, business, civil society and consumers to work together to end hunger in the region where the majority of the world’s undernourished people live.

Relief operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state receive boost from UN emergency fund

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has made available $5 million in additional funding to provide life-saving assistance to some 69,000 people displaced by the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Bangladesh: Ban deeply saddened at loss of life and injuries in building collapse

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his deep sadness at the loss of life and injuries caused by the collapse of a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, earlier this week.

UN chief expresses support for dialogue on reopening Korean industrial complex

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed support for inter-Korean dialogue, following the Republic of Korea’s offer to hold talks with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which he considers a valuable bridge between the two countries.

Asia’s soaring consumption of raw materials unsustainable, UN warns

The Asia-Pacific region, which has overtaken the rest of the world in consumption of raw materials as affluence and manufacturing increase, must boost its resource efficiency or risk losing ground in lifestyle, economic growth and environmental sustainability, according to a UN report released today.

UN to support China in ending production of ozone-depleting substances by 2030

With United Nations support, the Government of China has agreed to completely eliminate its industrial production of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2030, the world Organization announced today.

UN-backed Asian forum highlights transportation’s role in sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed efforts by Asian countries meeting at a United Nations-backed regional forum to address transportation as part of the effort to fight climate change and achieve sustainable development.

Ban 'deeply saddened' by earthquake toll in China's Sichuan province

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep sadness today over the loss of life, injuries and destruction caused by the earthquake that struck yesterday in Sichuan province of China, affirming that the United Nations stands ready to provide any assistance needed.

UN-backed summit calls on countries to prioritize civil registrations

The United Nations, governments and development agencies at a summit in Thailand today issued a call for global action to ensure countries have the necessary support to register birth, deaths and other important events in people’s lives, stressing that this is essential to develop better health services.