News by region: Asia Pacific


Secretary-General extends condolences to victims in oil tanker truck explosion in Pakistan

25 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres “is saddened” to learn of the large number of deaths and injured following today's explosion of an oil tanker truck in eastern Pakistan, his spokesperson has said.


UN chief 'saddened' by loss of life and devastation caused by landslide in China

24 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres “is saddened” to learn of the loss of life and devastation caused by the landslide in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, his spokesperson said today.


Pakistan: UN chief condemns separate deadly bomb attacks

23 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the twin bombing at a marketplace in Parachinar, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, and a suicide attack at a checkpoint in Quetta, Balochistan.


Sri Lanka's food gap widens in wake of regional floods and drought, UN agencies warn

22 June – An extreme drought followed by floods has affected large swathes of cropland in Sri Lanka, United Nations agencies reported today, warning that the disaster threatens the food security of some 900,000 people.


Afghan Government must work to build trust in an 'increasingly fragile environment' – UN envoy

21 June – Warning that the recent surge of violent attacks in Afghanistan could signal a much worse and more fragile period ahead, the United Nations envoy for the country today called for urgent action to strengthen stability, including through improving the Government's credibility, and urged all parties to exercise restraint and avoid violence.


Myanmar: UN expert urges Government to do more to protect rights of all children

15 June – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Myanmar to do more to protect children in the country, citing cases of detention and alleged incidents of child labour and marriage.


In Kabul, UN chief calls for peace and compassion

14 June – Expressing solidarity with Afghan people, in the wake of recent violence in the country, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today underscored the Organization's full commitment to work with the Government and people of the country to build a sustainable and prosperous future for them.


UN and partners in Sri Lanka appeal for resources as receding floods reveal extent of damage

14 June – Following last month's severe flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka that impacted some 630,000 people, the United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched an urgent appeal for more resources to reach those in the worst-hit parts of the country with urgent assistance.


Vanuatu, UN to test drones for vaccines delivery to inaccessible areas

14 June – The Government of Vanuatu and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) are partnering to launch what may be the Pacific's first-ever trial of drones to deliver life-saving vaccines to inaccessible remote communities in the island nation.


Not only strong, but smart policies needed to combat terrorism – UN chief

13 June – Efforts and policies to prevent extremism must encompass all segments of the society, in particular those who have suffered structural discrimination and marginalization, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, warning that measures which fail to do so could end up effectively “driving” people into the hands of terrorists.