UN experts voice concern over China’s crackdown on rights defenders

Three independent United Nations experts today voiced concern over the crackdown on human rights defenders during the two months since jailed activist Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ban stresses rights, responsibilities in China address

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined China’s responsibilities on global issues including human rights, climate change, global diplomacy and development, in a speech at China’s Central Party School in Beijing.

Secretary-General set to wrap up four-nation Asian visit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is currently in China, will complete his four-nation trip tomorrow to Asia, which has also taken him to Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam.

Shanghai Expo offers 'invaluable' ideas for tackling today's challenges – Ban

The 2010 World Expo may be coming to a close but the ideas it has provided over the past six months are “invaluable” to tackling some of today's biggest challenges, including rapid urbanization, climate change and sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Shanghai on Sunday.

China: independent UN experts urge stepped-up respect for human rights

Four independent United Nations human rights experts today welcomed the awarding of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo of China who is currently imprisoned, appealing to the Asian nation to release all people detained for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Ban hopes Nobel peace award to China’s Liu will not detract from global rights agenda

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced the hope today that any differences over the awarding of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo of China, which Beijing has opposed, would not detract from promoting the human rights agenda globally or from the prize’s prestige.

UN chief hopes China and Japan can amicably resolve current differences

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced hope that China and Japan can amicably resolve their current differences, in light of the recent tensions that arose between the East Asian neighbours over a boat collision near disputed territory.

China reaffirms support for UN’s leading role in world affairs

China will continue to firmly support the leading role of the United Nations in international affairs, and its economic development will not harm or pose a threat to anyone, Premier Wen Jiabao assured the General Assembly today.

Chinese leader and Ban confer on poverty and security issues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao today discussed progress towards the achievement of the poverty eradication and social-economic development targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in Africa.

UNICEF mobilizing relief supplies to help landslide victims in China

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mobilizing emergency relief supplies in north-western China to help authorities respond to the devastating series of landslides that have killed more than 700 people.