News by region: Asia Pacific


‘Cycle of violence must end,’ says UN chief, condemning latest attacks in Afghanistan

20 October – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned today’s attacks at mosques in Afghanistan’s Kabul city and Ghor Province during Friday prayers.


Rohingya crisis: UNICEF issues 'Child Alert,' outlines urgent action to save lives

20 October – Issuing a dire warning on the desperate situation of Rohingya refugee children, who now number more than 320,000 in Bangladesh, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for an end to the atrocities targeting civilians in Myanmar's Rakhine state, and immediate and unfettered access to all children affected by the violence there.


UN migration chief urges more support for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar or 'thousands will suffer'

19 October – The United Nations migration agency and its partners are supporting Bangladesh in coordinating assistance for the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, including with clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and psychosocial care for the most vulnerable.


UN strongly condemns terrorist attacks across Afghanistan

18 October – Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council have condemned yesterday's attacks in Afghanistan's Paktya and Ghazni provinces, which left many dead and injured.


Myanmar: Plight of refugees focus of top UN political official's meetings

17 October – Concluding a visit to Myanmar, the top United Nations political official has underscored the importance of accountability and non-discriminatory rule of law and public safety as part of the comprehensive approach needed to address the fears and distrust among communities in Rakhine.


Thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded near Bangladesh-Myanmar border – UN

17 October – The United Nations refugee agency is concerned about the humanitarian condition of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees who are stranded in paddy fields near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.


UN calls for global solidarity ahead of pledging conference on Rohingya refugee crisis

16 October – Senior United Nations officials are urging the international community to come together in support of a 23 October pledging conference to “send a strong message to Rohingya refugees and their generous hosts in Bangladesh that the world is there for them in their greatest time of need.”


In Kyoto, Japanese comedians tackle UN Global Goals

13 October – Japanese comedians on Friday competed to make people laugh by weaving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their performance at a United Nations-supported special event in Kyoto, the country's cultural centre.


UN ramps up aid delivery amid surge of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

13 October – The speed and scale of people fleeing Myanmar has triggered a humanitarian emergency in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of refugees now depend on humanitarian assistance for shelter, food, water and other life-saving needs, says the United Nations migration agency.


Silencing opposition voices threatens Cambodian democracy – UN rights expert

12 October – Civil and political rights in Cambodia are “under threat” as the main opposition party is being dissolved in the parliament, a United Nations human rights expert warned Thursday, also voicing concern that the dissolution may affect upcoming elections in the country.