News by region: Asia Pacific


India teams up with UN-backed alliance to accelerate financial inclusion for all

3 September – The Government of India has taken a step closer to becoming a cashless economy by joining the Better Than Cash Alliance, a United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) initiative that helps enable countries transition to electronic payments.


In Beijing, UN chief urges China to help build momentum ahead of Paris climate change conference

3 September – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today thanked China for its efforts to address climate change, both through its actions and policies, and called for Beijing’s continued support for building momentum ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of Philippine journalist, calls for inquiry

3 September – The head of the United Nations agency charged with promoting press freedom condemned today the killing of Philippine journalist Cosme Diez Maestrado, who was shot by unknown assailants on 27 August in Ozamiz City in the Philippines.


Amid ongoing crisis largely ignored by world, Myanmar floods deal major blow to agriculture – UN agency

3 September – Heavy storms, floods and landslides across nearly all of Myanmar have destroyed huge swaths of rice paddies, as well as fish and shrimp ponds, and are expected to severely limit the availability of food if aid is not provided to farmers swiftly, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.


UN food relief now reaching more than 400,000 flood victims in Myanmar

26 August – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is now delivering rice, beans, cooking oil and salt to more than 400,000 people affected by flooding in Myanmar and “reachable only on foot, after floods and landslides destroyed roads across the country,” the agency said today.


Concerned by ongoing political violence in Nepal, UN rights office urges peaceful resolution to crisis

25 August – Voicing concern over continuing political violence and killing of protestors in Nepal, the United Nations human rights office today called on the authorities to respect dissenting voices and seek a peaceful solution with demonstrators.


UN human rights chief urges Maldives to consider release of imprisoned former President

25 August – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed deep concern that Government of the Maldives after former President Mohammad Nasheed was once again sent to prison, calling the move a “serious set-back” for the country.


Ban welcomes agreement to resume regular inter-Korean dialogue, hopes for talks on nuclear issue

24 August – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the news of the agreement reached between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea today.


UN mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly suicide attack in Kabul

23 August – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned “in the strongest terms” yesterday's suicide attack in Kabul that killed 12 and injured at least 88 others, including 13 children and 21 women.


Ban encourages parties to 'pave way' for deescalating situation on Korean Peninsula

23 August – Welcoming a high-level meeting between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which was held yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged both sides to pave the way for deescalating the situation and promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.