News by region: Asia Pacific


Myanmar can draw on UN expertise in tackling Rohingya returns, Security Council told

12 December – The United Nations can help Myanmar to defuse inter-communal tensions and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees, the Organization’s top political official said Tuesday, stressing that the country could also tap the UN’s capacities and experience in tackling other challenges, including democratic consolidation.


UN stepping up support to diphtheria vaccination campaign for Rohingya children in Bangladesh

12 December – A United Nations-backed campaign to immunize Rohingya children against diphtheria began on Tuesday in Bangladesh, following an outbreak that has resulted in nine deaths in the camps and makeshift settlements hosting these refugees from Myanmar.


Security tensions may have deepened rights violations in DPRK, Security Council told

11 December – People’s rights are reportedly violated in “almost every aspect” of their lives in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations human rights chief warned Monday, stressing that security tensions on the Korean Peninsula should not negate concerns about the situation of ordinary people there.


UN political chief, DPRK officials agree Korean Peninsula faces 'most tense and dangerous' situation

9 December – In their meetings this week, the United Nations political chief and senior officials of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) shared the view that the Korean Peninsula faces the most tense and dangerous peace and security situation in the world.


Peaceful conduct of elections 'historic moment' for Nepal, says UN chief

9 December – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the holding of the two-phased State and Federal elections in Nepal and congratulated its people for the peaceful conduct of the polls.


FEATURE: Seizing on global trend, Afghan women reporters empower voices against violence

7 December – In a year when the #metoo hashtag has inspired women across the globe to tell their personal tales of harassment and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, a team of female television reporters in northern Afghanistan is promising to “leave no sister behind” by telling the often harrowing stories of Afghan women and girls trapped by abuse and gender-based violence.


China tops patent, trademark and design filings in 2016 – UN agency reports

6 December – Worldwide filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs reached record heights in 2016 amid soaring demand in China, which received more patent applications than the combined total of applications received by the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Patent Office, the United Nations intellectual property agency said Wednesday.


Myanmar: opium cultivation down 25 per cent, but conflict areas remain 'safe haven' for drug traders

6 December – The total area of opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has decreased significantly in 2017 to 41,000 hectares, down 25 per cent from the 55,500 recorded in 2015, a United Nations survey released Wednesday has found.


Use fiscal stability to bolster inclusive, sustainable development in Asia-Pacific, UN report urges

6 December – Countries in the Asia-Pacific region should make the most of the prevailing stable economic conditions to orient their economies towards a more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable path, the United Nations development wing in the region has urged.


UN rights chief calls for probe into attacks against Rohingya, says genocide ‘cannot be ruled out’

5 December – The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday called for an international criminal probe into the perpetrators of the widespread and brutal attacks that have driven more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar since August, noting that “elements of genocide” against the minority could not be ruled out.