Asia-Pacific nations commit the whole region to ‘defeat’ COVID-19

Gathering together at the top UN intergovernmental body in Asia and the Pacific on Thursday, countries of the vast region of more than four billion people, urged greater measures that reinforce global solidarity in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

News in Brief 16 September 2019

  • Ozone on track to heal completely in our lifetime
  • Thousands displaced in Asia Pacific
  • Sexual violence still going unpunished in South Sudan
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‘Mixed picture’ of sustainable development in Asia-Pacific: UN regional arm

While the Asia-Pacific region has made “spectacular success” over the years, the region must “vastly accelerate” efforts if it is to meet the sustainable development agenda by 2030. Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable Development at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Kaveh Zahedi, spoke with UN News’ Vibhu Mishra.

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UNICEF and Fiji partner to protect youth from deadly brain disease

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supporting a campaign to vaccinate every child and young person in Fiji against meningococcal disease, the illness which causes meningitis, or inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

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‘Once in a lifetime opportunity’ for Asia-Pacific to build resilience against disasters

It has been 10 years since more than 200,000 people lost their lives in two major deadly natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region.

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ESCAP: 70 years of UN efforts to advance socio-economic development in Asia and the Pacific

Notwithstanding the challenges faced by countries in Asia and Pacific, the region has witnessed economic and social achievements beyond expectations over the past 70 years, according to the head of the United Nations body assisting with development efforts.

Laws needed to support business in Asia Pacific developing countries

As cross border trading in the Asia and the Pacific region grows, laws need to be put into place to give businesses in developing countries better access to justice, for services such as international commercial arbitration.

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Asia-Pacific records highest reduction in undernourished people

The Asia and the Pacific region has achieved the largest reduction in the number of undernourished people in the world, according to research released by the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO.

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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.

Asia-Pacific region must boost collaboration to ensure sustainable growth – UN official

Countries in Asia and the Pacific must come closer together and increase cooperation to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity, a United Nations top official stressed today at a regional gathering in Bangkok, Thailand.