Asia Pacific

Turkmenistan offers to host UN-backed meetings on disarmament, energy, refugees

Calling for an expanded United Nations role in the world, Turkmenistan today proposed hosting five international meetings next year – on disarmament, energy security, cooperative transport and transit corridors for landlocked countries, desertification, and refugees.

Greatest threat to Muslim world comes from within, Malaysian leader warns in UN address

The Malaysian Prime Minister used his address to the United Nations today to call on all peace-loving Muslims around the world to unite against the extremists who are using their religion as an excuse to commit violence, stressing that moderation is the key to winning the battle being waged for the future of Islam.

Upcoming Constituent Assembly polls vital for Nepal’s peace process, UN told

Nepal has made the necessary preparations to hold Constituent Assembly elections this November, its representative said at the United Nations today, adding that the polls will be vital for moving forward with the democratic process in the post-conflict nation.

‘Multilateral efforts must guide our quest for peace and security,’ India tells UN

At a time when the world faces multiple challenges, the Prime Minister of India today urged a renewed focus on the role of the United Nations as a forum for multilateral action to ensure inclusive growth and development, and to combat terrorism and other “grave” security threats.

Vanuatu urges inclusive development, pledges to continue speaking out against colonialism

Urging inclusive development that left no one on the margins of society, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu today stressed that the United Nations General Assembly is the forum where leaders can “speak their hearts freely” on a range of urgent issues, from collective security to human rights and decolonization.

Senior UN officials pledge Organization’s support to Central Asian region

Top United Nations officials today pledged the Organization’s ongoing support to preventive diplomacy to assist the Central Asian region in tackling persistent and emerging challenges more effectively, with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson spotlighting terrorism and extremism, poverty, human rights, and environmental issues as areas of special concern.

Asia-Pacific nations at UN call for urgent global approach to mitigate climate change

Asia-Pacific countries, some of them threatened with extinction from rising sea levels, took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call for an urgent global approach to mitigate climate change, voicing concern at the lack of progress so far.

Pacific island leaders call for new development agenda to address climate change, oceans

Taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today, King Tupou VI of Tonga and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa joined leaders of other small island developing States (SIDS) in urging that sustainable development agenda address climate change in a way that is integrated throughout its targets.

Democracy sustained by ‘good governance, not promises,’ Pakistan’s Prime Minister tells UN

Pakistan now has a strong Parliament, independent judiciary, free media and a vibrant civil society, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif told the General Assembly today, but added that his country will not become complacent, for democracy “needs constant vigilance, strong institutions and careful nurturing.”

Central Asian countries cite instability in Afghanistan as serious threat

The war in Afghanistan remains one of the serious threats to regional and global security, two Central Asian officials today told the United Nations General Assembly, urging a political solution to the conflict that could very well escalate in 2014, stirring up terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and illegal migration.