Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

3 June 2020

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the extraordinary intersessional Summit of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, in New York today:

3 June 2020

The Secretary-General welcomed the agreement between representatives of the Government of Venezuela and the Advisory Team of the National Assembly on responding to COVID-19.  He encouraged parties to respect humanitarian principles in implementing the accord and to continue seeking common ground to overcome the protracted crisis.

21 May 2020

The Secretary-General’s annual report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict has been released.  Covering 2019, it documents the death and injury of tens of thousands; the displacement of millions; as well as widespread reports of sexual violence, noting children were forced to take part in fighting.

21 May 2020

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the seventy-sixth session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in New York today:

8 May 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) marked the fortieth anniversary of the eradication of smallpox — the first and only human disease eliminated globally through international collaboration — which killed 300 million people in the twentieth century.  Many of the tools used against smallpox are now combating COVID-19.

5 May 2020

In the Americas, chronic overcrowding, unhygienic conditions and lack of health‑care access have led to COVID-19 infections among thousands of inmates and prison officials.  The Human Rights High Commissioner urged States to ensure widespread access to testing and care for detainees, and both testing and protective gear for staff.

29 April 2020

The World Food Programme and the United Nations Children’s Fund are urging Governments to prevent devastating nutrition and health consequences for the 370 million children missing out on school meals as a result of school closures.  The daily lunch at school is the only food for millions of children around the world.

20 April 2020

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Placencia Ambition Forum, held in Belize today:

12 April 2020

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

8 April 2020

A new International Labour Organization report finds that COVID-19 is expected to wipe out 6.7 per cent of working hours globally in the second quarter of 2020, equivalent to 195 million full-time workers.  The report highlights the worst affected sectors and regions, and outlines policies to mitigate the crisis.

30 January 2020

Ghassan Salamé, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya,  expressed deep concern to the Security Council today that the truce agreed earlier this month holds only in name.  Fighting and military reinforcements on both sides raise the spectre of a full conflict engulfing the wider region.

30 January 2020

Cooperation between the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is vital to maintaining international peace and security and combating global menaces such as climate change and the spread of terrorism, the heads of the two organizations told the Security Council today, as some delegates described the regional bloc’s consensus-building approach, known as the ASEAN Way, as an example to follow.

30 January 2020

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council briefing on Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-United Nations cooperation, in New York today:

18 November 2019

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Kanni Wignaraja of Sri Lanka as the next Assistant Secretary‑General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

3 November 2019

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the Tenth ASEAN‑United Nations Summit in Bangkok, Thailand today:

30 October 2019

From 21 to 25 October 2019, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004), in cooperation with the Government of China, convened a training course for 1540 national points of contact in the Asia-Pacific region in Xiamen, China.  The course was supported by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs with the financial support of the European Union.

1 October 2019

Vulnerable migrants are still being taken to the Tajoura detention centre despite persistent calls for its closure due to its proximity [to] a military location, and just three months after an air strike killed 53 people and injured more than 130, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today.

28 September 2019

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, in New York today:

15 July 2019

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

28 May 2019

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Mohamed Khaled Khiari of Tunisia as Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations.