Pacific

Fijian leader outlines details of political road map to General Assembly

Fiji is about to enter a formative period that will result in the first ever elections based on common and equal suffrage rather than racial categorization, the country’s Prime Minister has told the General Assembly’s annual general debate.

Ban and Pacific leaders urge reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the leaders of Pacific island nations today called for urgent international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stressing that climate change remains one of the greatest threats to the security, well-being and livelihoods of the peoples of the region.

World must pull together in face of unprecedented challenges, Ban warns

Reaching into the sport of rugby for metaphor and the lore of the Maoris, New Zealand’s original inhabitants, for wisdom, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a fervent appeal today for unprecedented global cooperation to meet an exceptional host of complex challenges.

Exports led Asia-Pacific out of the global economic crisis – UN report

Exports have led Asia and the Pacific out of the global economic crisis, according to a new United Nations report, but it will be difficult to continue the growth without opening new markets within the region, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) reported today.

Asia-Pacific States agree at UN meeting to cooperate on disaster risk reduction

Ministers and senior government officials from 31 countries, meeting at a United Nations-supported conference in Bangkok, have agreed to work more closely together on disaster risk reduction and make it central to national development strategies, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) reported today.