News by region: Asia Pacific


SAMOA: Tsunami-hit community honours Ban with 'chief' title

31 August – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Sunday given the title of 'Tupua' or 'chief' in south-eastern Samoa by villagers whose homes had been struck by a tsunami nearly five years ago.


SAMOA: Apia welcomes thousands for UN conference

30 August – Ahead of the official opening of the United Nations conference on small island developing countries, the UN and Samoan flags were raised on Saturday over the site in the capital, Apia, that will host what is considered the largest conference of its kind in the Pacific region.


SAMOA: Business execs build partnerships with small islands at UN forum

30 August – Small island developing States offer opportunities for genuine and sustainable business partnerships, said executives and officials participating in a United Nations co-hosted private sector forum in Samoa.


SAMOA: From weeds to electricity, UN partnership aims to connect families to electric grid

29 August – A toxic weed in Samoa is being turned into electricity, raising hopes that families on the southern coast of the Pacific island can be connected to the national grid as a result of a partnership between the Government and the United Nations.


In Bali, UN chief stresses role of young people in building peaceful, sustainable future

28 August – Addressing a youth forum in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the role of young people in building a peaceful, sustainable future and encouraged them to be solid global citizens and leaders of today.


UN pledges support to Afghan authorities to complete election audit

27 August – The United Nations today pledged to redouble its support to the Afghan electoral authorities to help expedite the completion of a thorough and credible audit of the presidential run-off in the wake of the decision of one of the candidates to halt participation in the process.


Future of Afghanistan’s political transition ‘hangs in balance’ of vote recount – UN

25 August – The United Nations has welcomed today’s announcement by the country’s electoral authorities of the first official decisions on the findings from the 100 per cent audit of the June 14 Presidential run-off election.


HIV infections on rise among young gay men, other at-risk groups in Thailand – UN study

25 August – An estimated 70 per cent of new sexually transmitted infections cases are occurring among young people, especially among men who have sex with men, those involved in sex work and those who inject drugs in Thailand, where “social media, online dating websites and mobile application make it much easier for young people to meet others in order to engage in casual sex,” says a new United Nations report.


UN adviser calls for taking ‘leap of faith’ to ensure peaceful, unified Myanmar

25 August – The United Nations Special Adviser for Myanmar today wrapped up a visit to the country during which he visited Rakhine state to see first-hand the progress made to provide aid to local communities, as well as actions being taken to address underlying causes of recent violence.


Afghanistan: UN urges campaigns to cooperate with election audit process

23 August – With two-thirds of the ballot boxes from the audit of the Presidential run-off election now processed, the United Nations in Afghanistan today urged the two campaigns of Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani to cooperate fully with electoral authorities to bring the audit to completion at the earliest time.