South-East Asia

South-East Asian countries urged to ‘do more’ to fight COVID-19

With South-East Asia reporting more than 480 cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called for countries to “act now” and urgently scale-up “aggressive” measures to tackle the disease. 

Monsoon rains turn millions of children’s lives ‘upside down’ across South Asia

Heavy rainfall, severe flooding and landslides across Nepal, India and Bangladesh have killed at least 93 children, and put the lives of millions more at risk, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is “responding urgently”.

News in Brief 11 October 2018

  • Challenges and needs of girls highlighted on International Day
  • UN Chief urges South East Asia to lead global warming fight
  • Saudi Arabia must halt air strikes in Yemen, says UN panel
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“Neglected” tropical diseases targeted in Asia

Efforts are being stepped up by the UN to eliminate what it has called “neglected” tropical diseases in South-East Asia.

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Guidance issued to protect survivors rescued at sea

Guidance on protecting  people who have been rescued at sea has been jointly issued by the International Maritime Organization (

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Welcome for Myanmar decision to shelter sea migrants

Myanmar’s decision to take in more than 200 boat migrants has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency which on Friday called for further action to rescue more than 3,500 people still stranded at sea.

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UN and South-East Asian bloc discuss enhanced collaboration on common priorities

Top United Nations officials and ministers from the South-East Asian bloc known as ASEAN have discussed how to enhance collaboration between the two bodies, as well as issues such as disaster management and the peaceful settlement of disputes.