News by region: Asia Pacific


UN deplores deliberate killing of civilians in Afghanistan's Farah province

1 September – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the deliberate killing of 12 civilians in the western province of Farah for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.


SAMOA: Small island developing states can lead transition to 'green' energy - UN

1 September – Despite being endowed with renewable energy sources – like wind, sunshine and waves – small island developing states remain heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels, a practice that the United Nations says can be reversed through durable partnerships.


SAMOA: Urging sustainable action, UN officials link small islands to global issues at conference opening

31 August – Calling small island developing nations a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the international community to support sustainable development in these countries through multi-stakeholder partnerships.


SAMOA: On eve of major conference, UN chief spurs green investment in small islands

31 August – Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides in sustainability.


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.