Ban welcomes move to end state of emergency in Fiji

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement by Fiji that it will lift the state of emergency imposed in 2009, calling it a “positive step” towards restoring constitutional order in the South Pacific archipelago.

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.

Asia-Pacific’s developing nations urge end to red tape in trade – UN

With red tape in trade costing $300 billion a year in Asia and the Pacific, developing nations in the region have issued an urgent call at a United Nations-backed meeting for governments to streamline global trade procedures and ensure that regulations are simple, consistent and transparent.

Green growth can help Asia-Pacific overcome recessions, climate change – UN

Green growth can simultaneously promote environmental sustainability and development in Asia and the Pacific, a senior United Nations official has said, urging stepped up investment in natural capital, clean energy and ecological efficiency.

Pacific Ocean islands use General Assembly to appeal for assistance on climate change

Three Pacific Ocean countries today appealed to United Nations Member States to act fast to combat climate change and start mobilizing the resources needed to mitigate the effects of global warming, especially in small island developing States that are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels.

Ban commends Solomon Islanders for peaceful legislative elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended Solomon Islanders for taking part in peaceful and orderly parliamentary polls that led to the selection this week of Danny Philip as the new Prime Minister of the Pacific archipelago.