News by region: Asia Pacific

UN warns Pacific islands of extreme weather risks during upcoming wet season

21 November – Extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for island states' industry and infrastructure, warns a new advisory note from the United Nations, encouraging the establishment of a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

UN agency chief reports on Iran, DPR Korea nuclear files, measures to curb climate change

20 November – The safe and limited use of nuclear energy can help reduce the impact global energy demand is having on our planet’s volatile climate, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said today as he launched his agency’s latest report on the issue and discussed the nuclear programmes of Iran and the Democratic republic of Korea (DPRK).

UN Asia-Pacific forum opens meeting to advance gender equality

19 November – More than 700 representatives from governments, inter-governmental organizations, UN bodies and civil society in Asia and the Pacific began meeting today to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment with the keynote speaker highlighting the urgency of eliminating violence against women and girls.

Cambodia: UN expert voices concern over judicial independence amid ‘arbitrary’ arrests

18 November – The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today urged the Southeast Asian country’s Government to respect the independence of its judiciary after a recent series of arrests and immediate convictions of land activists and opposition party members.

UN welcomes Malaysia’s court ruling to decriminalizes transgender women

14 November – The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today welcomed the recent judgment by the Court of Appeal of Malaysia that declared unconstitutional the criminalization of Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing.

Afghanistan: UN expert calls for sustainable measures to address violence against women

13 November – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called on the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of gender-based violence in the country.

World will benefit greatly from more future-oriented, integrated Asia – Ban

13 November – Asia – and indeed the world – will benefit greatly from a future-oriented Asian region that is ever more integrated, engaged and assuming greater responsibilities commensurate with its clout, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, addressing a regional summit in Myanmar.

In Myanmar, Ban urges greater capacity in Southeast Asia to promote human rights, justice

12 November – The United Nations stands ready to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its member States in strengthening national capacity to protect human rights, provide justice and promote accountability in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Opium harvest in Afghanistan hits new high in 2014 – UN

12 November – Opium cultivation and production in Afghanistan reached record levels this year, with the former increasing seven per cent to 224,000 hectares in 2014, and production levels potentially climbing as much as 17 per cent, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In Afghanistan, UN crime chief pledges support to combat ‘disastrous’ drug trade, corruption

10 November – Visiting Kabul over the weekend, the head of the United Nations agency combating all forms of criminal activity, met with newly-elected President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and pledged support to counter the harmful effects of illicit drugs, organized crime and corruption on Afghanistan and its people.