Asia

News in Brief 16 November 2020

  • Israel should reverse new West Bank settlement expansion plans: UN’s Mladenov 
  • Defending people’s rights in Cambodia is not a crime, says UN Special Rapporteur 
  • ‘World’s biggest trading bloc’ will create a manufacturing powerhouse: UN trade agency 
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Strengthening global cooperation on counter-terrorism must remain a priority during and after pandemic

With Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and other terrorist groups attempting to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for their own ends, the international community must respond with stronger collective action and cooperation,  the top UN counter-terrorism official said on Monday. 

News in Brief 3 June 2020

  • People on the move need protection during pandemic: Guterres
  • Khartoum massacre victims, await justice in Sudan
  • Bachelet alarmed by free speech clampdown in Asia
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‘Concerted efforts’ needed to meet 2030 Global Goals in Asia-Pacific region

Action to reverse the depletion and degradation of the environment across Asia and the Pacific is a top priority if the region is to stay on course to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new United Nations report launched online, for the first time, on Tuesday.

Combating invasive Armyworm with education for farmers and machine learning

An invasive pest, the Fall Armyworm, risks ruining up to 40 per cent of farmers’ yields in Asia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.  The good news is that there are new tools that use machine learning to help farmers combat the caterpillars in a sustainable way, as FAO’s Allan Hruska told UN News’s Jens Renner.

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Fears for food security and the future of farming families, as Fall Armyworm spreads to Asia

An “invasive pest” that devours more than 80 different plant species, including many staple crops, could threaten the food security and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers in Asia, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday.

Myanmar peace process and heroin production interlinked: UNODC

Helping regions in Myanmar which are wracked by conflict move away from opium production is good for the economy and will help solidify the country’s peace process.

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Involving men plays crucial role for women’s empowerment, says activist

Men should be playing a more active role in empowering women, and helping to end the scourge of gender-based violence.

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In Manila, UN chief tells South-east Asian summit cooperation is vital to address shared challenges

Addressing the ninth Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-United Nations Summit in Manila, the Philippines, Secretary-General António Guterres called for collective global and regional action to combat the challenges facing the world, in particular, those related to climate change.

Rohingya refugees receiving mental health first aid

As Rohingya refugees continue to pour into neighbouring Bangladesh, one UN agency is taking steps to address their psychological well-being.

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