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UN chief underscores value of cooperation with Southeast Asian countries

In a briefing to the Security Council on Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the value of cooperation between the UN and the 10-member regional bloc, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

Is the world ready to end the coal era and embrace clean energy?

Access to electricity has transformed the world, helping countries to develop their economies, and lifting millions out of poverty. However, this success has come at a great cost: the energy sector, heavily reliant on fossil fuels, is responsible for some 40 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions – one of the so-called greenhouse gases, which trap heat in the atmosphere and warm the Earth – and almost two-thirds of these emissions come from coal.

Far more needed to ‘confront the world’s climate emergency’, Guterres tells ASEAN-UN Summit 

Four of the 10 countries most affected by climate change are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Sunday, urging the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok to “confront the world’s climate emergency”.

Coal addiction ‘must be overcome’ to ease climate change, UN chief says in Bangkok

In Thailand for the ASEAN Summit, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited a climate mitigation project in Bangkok's new Centenary Park on Saturday where he told journalists that “coal addiction must be overcome”.

News in Brief 14 September 2017 (AM)

UNICEF delivers supplies to Rohingya children in Bangladesh

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At ASEAN-UN Summit, Ban highlights complementarity between world and regional bodies on sustainable development

Speaking at a gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the focus of cooperation between the two organizations on a range of sectors, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and gender equality and women’s empowerment.

In Myanmar, Ban urges greater capacity in Southeast Asia to promote human rights, justice

The United Nations stands ready to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its member States in strengthening national capacity to protect human rights, provide justice and promote accountability in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN chief urges Asia to take up leadership on global issues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today challenged the Asian and Pacific region to assume global leadership on issues of international concern, including climate change, sustainable development, access to food and energy, human rights and the empowerment of women.

Ban urges Asia-Pacific private sector to support women and children’s health

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged business leaders in the Asia and Pacific region to support the United Nations-led global effort to improve the health of women and children to create healthier communities across the world.

Ban laments shutdown of summit for Asian leaders in Thailand

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep regret on Saturday at the postponement of a gathering of Asian leaders in Thailand amid security concerns over mass protests in the area.