Asia Pacific

Social protection coverage in Asia and the Pacific ‘riddled with gaps’

More than half the population of the vast Asia and Pacific region lack any social protection coverage, leaving populations vulnerable to ill-health, poverty, inequality and social exclusion, a new UN report has found. 

Climate change ‘the defining challenge of our generation’ says New Zealand Ambassador

There is no vaccine against climate change, the Permanent Representative of New Zealand told the UN General Assembly debate on Tuesday, noting that now more than ever, the international community must “step up, collectively and in the common interest.”

Bilateral cooperation ‘only way’ to resolve repatriation issue, Myanmar Minister tells General Assembly

Bilateral cooperation is the only way to effectively resolve the repatriation issue between Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor of Myanmar, told the UN General Assembly. 

Bangladesh urges greater international action on Rohingya status

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh has called for stronger international action to help Rohingya refugees in the country to return to neighbouring Myanmar. 

UN reform is ‘the need of the hour’: India premier

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, declared that United Nations reform is “the need of the hour”, as he addressed world leaders in a video address to the General Debate of the General Assembly, on Saturday.

COVID-19 a litmus test of global unity, Thai Prime Minister tells world leaders

The COVID-19 pandemic is a “litmus test” of the faith in multilateralism and unity among nations, the Prime Minister of Thailand told world leaders gathered virtually at the UN General Assembly, urging every country to renew their trust in international cooperation. 

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, world needs masks, not weapons, declares Prime Minister of Nepal

The global pandemic has put at risk hard-earned development achievements, the Prime Minister of Nepal told world leaders gathered virtually on Friday for the UN General Assembly, adding that the ones most affected are the smaller and more vulnerable countries. 

Japan to ‘proactively lead’ on COVID-19 response efforts

Japan has signaled its intention to take a leading role in global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftershocks, with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga highlighting the links between recovery, health and economic development. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan warns of rising Islamophobia

The driving force in international relations must be cooperation, in accordance with the principles of international law, and not confrontation, the Prime Minister of Pakistan told world leaders gathered virtually at the UN General Assembly. 

Through solidarity, humanity will overcome COVID-19 pandemic: Timor-Leste President

The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of achieving a sustainable future for all people and the planet, the President of Timor-Leste said in his speech to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday.