Asia Pacific

UN agency, China open door to carbon financing for herders, grazers

The United Nations agricultural agency today announced that with Chinese partners, it has developed a new methodology which relies on soil sampling or computer modeling to measure the impact that restored grasslands have in mitigating climate change, and to help farmers tap into carbon markets.

FEATURE: UNAMA peacekeepers – partners in literacy

When the Taliban ruled in Afghanistan, girls were prohibited from attending school – rendering them illiterate. Some books and films have focused on the heroic journeys of young women who were determined to acquire the power of the pen and the word during those years.

UN rights chief urges action after pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by family

The United Nations human rights chief today strongly condemned the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman, who was stoned to death by her family as she approached a Pakistani court on Tuesday, and urged the Government to do much more to prevent such killings.

Lack of judiciary consultation on key Cambodian laws draws concern of UN rights expert

The lack of consultative process on three draft laws has set a worrying precedent for future key legislation, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi.

UN agency, Malaysia, convene expert meeting on real-time flight data monitoring

Some two months after a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished shortly after take-off from Kuala Lumpur, the Government-led, United Nations-supported effort to secure reforms in the way all commercial jetliners are tracked gathered industry leaders and aviation experts met recently in the Malaysian capital to weigh options on real-time tracking measures.

UN expert urges better protections for Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work

A United Nations human rights expert called today on the Government of Sri Lanka to increase its attention and efforts to prevent exploitation of its nationals working abroad, including by shoring up protections at all levels.

Security Council strongly condemns attack on Indian consulate in western Afghanistan

The Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the attack on the Indian consulate in the western Afghan province of Herat and called for those responsible of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to be brought to justice.

UN official urges respect for human rights, restoration of rule of law following Thai coup

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today urged Thailand to ensure respect for human rights and a prompt restoration of the rule of law, echoing a call made yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following the military coup.

Perpetrators of Chinese market attack must be brought to justice, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned today’s attack on civilians at an open-air market in Xinjiang, China, and said he hoped that those responsible will be brought to justice.

Ban calls for return to civilian order in Thailand after military seizes government

Appealing for “a prompt return to civilian order” in Thailand, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed serious concern about the military takeover in the country today and urged all parties to respect human rights and refrain from violence.