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‘Hidden epidemic’ of HIV hitting adolescents in Asia-Pacific region, UN agencies warn

30 November 2015 – The Asia-Pacific region is facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents, with an estimated 50,000 new infections in 2014 among those aged 15 to 19, United Nations agencies reported today, calling on Governments to develop specifically targeted prevention strategies.

Surge in climate change-related disasters poses growing threat to food security – UN

26 November 2015 – Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity over the last three decades, increasing the damage caused to the agricultural sectors of many developing countries and putting them at risk of growing food insecurity, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today in a new report.

UN report finds 90 per cent of disasters are weather-related

23 November 2015 – A new report issued today by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that over the last 20 years, 90 per cent of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

In Malaysia, Ban calls for stronger cooperation from Southeast Asian countries to tackle global crises

22 November 2015 – Amid "grave global threats" looming large, the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today called for stronger partnerships between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN to achieve sustainable development, tackle climate change and eradicate human rights violations.

In call to Myanmar’s President, Ban urges cooperation following opposition election win

19 November 2015 – In a telephone conversation with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all sides to cooperate in addressing the South-East Asian country’s major challenges following the opposition’s election victory this month.

Myanmar: Ban phones election victor, pledging continued UN support for democratic reform

17 November 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today phoned Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), to congratulate her on its resounding success in this month’s elections, pledging continued United Nations support for democratic reform efforts.

After elections, Ban says people and leaders of Myanmar ‘have it within their power' to build better future

12 November 2015 – Welcoming this past weekend’s elections as “a significant achievement in Myanmar’s democratic transition,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended warm congratulations to the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for their landmark performance at the polls and to the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for its dignified acceptance of the verdict of the people.

Somalia: Security Council reauthorizes international naval forces to fight piracy off East Africa

10 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today renewed for another year its authorization for international naval forces to join in fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia, stressing that while the threat from Somali pirates has declined, it still remains a matter of “grave concern.”

UN chief congratulates people of Myanmar on participating in ‘momentous’ polls

09 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Myanmar for “their patience, dignity and enthusiasm” in historic elections and has encouraged all stakeholders “to maintain the dignified spirit, calm and respect throughout the completion of the electoral process.”

UNICEF urges future leaders to commit to children ahead of historic elections in Myanmar

04 November 2015 – As the historic elections in Myanmar draws closer, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children urged potential leaders of the country to prioritize children and commit to providing them with a fair start in life.