News by region: Asia Pacific


Afghanistan: UN condemns 'despicable' terrorist attack that leaves scores dead in Kabul

23 July – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA), Tadamichi Yamamoto, have strongly condemned today's attack on a peaceful demonstration in Kabul that killed at least 59 people and injured some 245 others.


UNICEF calls for urgent action to protect girls, women from sexual violence

20 July – A key adviser to the United Nations children’s agency today decried the culture of impunity surrounding sexual violence against women and girls around the world, following a recent case of gang rape in India.


Yaws and maternal and neonatal tetanus eliminated from India – UN health agency

14 July – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the elimination of yaws, and maternal and neonatal tetanus, to India and hailed its public health achievements as examples to other countries.


FEATURE: Eradication of Yaws, disease that ‘begins where roads end,’ is within sight, says WHO doctor in new film

12 July – When Dr. Oriol Mitjà, a Spanish technical adviser for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), arrived in Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea, he expected to stay only a month. But after meeting hundreds of children covered in debilitating lesions, he stayed on, found a cure for their ailment, and spurred an international campaign that, if successful, will lead to the eradication of only the second disease in history.


Meeting with Chinese Premier, Ban commends country’s leadership on UN 2030 Agenda

8 July – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, where he welcomed China's efforts towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as its support to other countries in their own implementation.


In China, Ban highlights country’s leadership on sustainable development, climate change

7 July – In China today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the country’s relationship with the Organization, noting in particular its crucial role in improving tensions, building peace and promoting the agenda on climate change.


As robotics advance in South-East Asia, investment needed to build skilled workforce – UN labour agency

7 July – The robot age is already a reality among manufacturers in South-East Asia, where countries have been incrementally introducing automation to improve quality, consistency, and workplace safety, with robots deployed in human-centric, collaborative ways to raise the productivity of higher skilled workers, rather than replace them, a new study by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has found.


Global community must not mar human rights in Myanmar by rushing to forge economic ties – UN

4 July – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the international community rushing to forge or strengthen political or economic ties with Myanmar not to undermine the country's rights priorities.


UN Security Council joins chorus condemning terrorist attack in Bangladesh

2 July – The United Nations Security Council has joined an international chorus condemning yesterday's terrorist attack on a café in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, for which Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) has claimed responsibility.


UN officials condemn terrorist attack in Bangladesh

2 July – Senior United Nations officials have condemned the terrorist attack in a café in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka that reportedly killed 20 hostages over the weekend.