Asia Pacific

Thailand: murders of human rights defenders underline need for protection, says UN

The murders of two human rights defenders working on land and natural resource issues in the south of Thailand underscore the need for authorities in the country to take urgent measures to ensure the safety and protection of such people, United Nations said today.

Opium poppy cultivation in 'Golden Triangle' hits new high in 2014 – UN report

Cultivation of opium poppy crops in Myanmar and Laos rose again for the eighth consecutive year, nearly tripling the amount harvested in 2006, according to a new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today.

Philippines: as typhoon Hagupit weakens, UN steps into action with emergency response

As a weakened Typhoon Hagupit continues to sweep across the Philippines, United Nations agencies are quickly responding to the needs of the local population by providing critical life-saving supplies, the Organization announced today as it also applauded the Filipino Government for its swift and efficient first-response efforts which, it said, had saved many lives.

‘We will provide whatever is needed,’ UN pledges response to Philippines typhoon

The United World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is “working flat-out” to support the Philippines Government's humanitarian response to Typhoon Hagupit which could impact more than 30 million people.

Indian Ocean: UN warns of uptick in clandestine migration despite ‘horrific’ dangers

More people are risking their lives to cross the Indian Ocean on smuggler’s boats despite the great risks involved, including the prospect of “horrific violence,” the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

UN relief agencies prepare emergency response as typhoon approaches Philippines

More than 30 million people risk feeling the brunt of Typhoon Hagupit as it barrels down on the Philippines, United Nations emergency and humanitarian officials warned today as they outlined the Organization-wide preparations being made before the massive storm makes landfall this weekend.

UN political chief urges revamped approach to boosting development in Afghanistan

Despite lingering instability and economic fragility, Afghanistan sits at an historic crossroads from which it can fully transition to a “strong, independent, and forward-looking” nation, the top United Nations political official said today in London.

Cambodia: UN refugee agency voices concern over possible deportation of Montagnards

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today that it is deeply concerned at reports that Cambodian police are seeking 13 Montagnards to deport to Viet Nam and urged the Government to refrain from the involuntary return of people.

UN refugee agency welcomes adoption of civil registration declaration in Asia-Pacific

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) welcomed the adoption today of an Asia-Pacific ministerial declaration proclaiming a shared vision of civil registration for all people by 2024.

Afghanistan: Security Council condemns attack on UK embassy vehicle

The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the attack yesterday on a United Kingdom embassy vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, reiterating serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other terrorist and extremist groups.