20 July – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today congratulated the Sri Lankan Government for setting up an Office of Missing Persons (OMP), “an important step for all Sri Lankans who are still looking for the truth about their loved ones.”
20 July – Amid the worst drought in nearly two decades in the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations agricultural agency is calling for emergency food assistance, as well as irrigation and farming equipment, to help farmers get through the lean season.
19 July – Secretary-General António Guterres today welcomed the move by the Republic of Korea to lower tensions on the Korean Peninsula, his spokesperson said.
18 July – Concluding a five-day visit to Sri Lanka, a United Nations independent human right expert today noted “routine and endemic” use of torture against people detained on national security grounds.
17 July – Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said today, calling on anti-government forces to stop indiscriminate attacks against civilians as well as on the Government to stop using mortars and rockets in populated areas.
13 July – The top United Nations human rights official today expressed his deep sorrow at the news that China’s “iconic” peace and democracy figure, Liu Xiaobo, has died at the age of 61.
11 July – Despite an impressive track record, the Asia-Pacific region will need to scale up development efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the target envisioned, the United Nations development arm for the region has said.
7 July – The United Nations human rights office today expressed great concern about the health of Liu Xiaobo and urged access to the jailed Nobel laureate and his wife, Liu Xia.
6 July – Concluding his first visit to Myanmar, the United Nations refugee chief today appealed for inclusive and sustainable solutions to protracted displacement and statelessness.
UN official urges Security Council to delink political, humanitarian concerns in response to DPR Korea missile launch
5 July – Briefing an emergency meeting of the Security Council convened following the launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of a ballistic missile of intercontinental range, a senior United Nations official reminded the Council of the importance of separating political and humanitarian concerns as it considers a response to the situation.
4 July – Strongly condemning today’s launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored that the country’s leadership must cease such actions and comply fully with its international obligations.
25 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres “is saddened” to learn of the large number of deaths and injured following today’s explosion of an oil tanker truck in eastern Pakistan, his spokesperson has said.
24 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres “is saddened” to learn of the loss of life and devastation caused by the landslide in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan, his spokesperson said today.
23 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the twin bombing at a marketplace in Parachinar, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, and a suicide attack at a checkpoint in Quetta, Balochistan.
22 June – An extreme drought followed by floods has affected large swathes of cropland in Sri Lanka, United Nations agencies reported today, warning that the disaster threatens the food security of some 900,000 people.
21 June – Warning that the recent surge of violent attacks in Afghanistan could signal a much worse and more fragile period ahead, the United Nations envoy for the country today called for urgent action to strengthen stability, including through improving the Government’s credibility, and urged all parties to exercise restraint and avoid violence.
15 June – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Myanmar to do more to protect children in the country, citing cases of detention and alleged incidents of child labour and marriage.
14 June – Expressing solidarity with Afghan people, in the wake of recent violence in the country, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today underscored the Organization’s full commitment to work with the Government and people of the country to build a sustainable and prosperous future for them.
14 June – Following last month’s severe flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka that impacted some 630,000 people, the United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched an urgent appeal for more resources to reach those in the worst-hit parts of the country with urgent assistance.
03/Jun Afghanistan: After attack on funeral in Kabul, UN envoy calls for urgent measures to halt cycle of violence
30/May Sri Lanka: UN agency deploys rapid assessment teams to assist in wake of monsoon floods, landslides
23/May Despite progress, life for children in Myanmar’s remote areas remains a struggle, UNICEF warns
Ongoing forest destruction has put Asia-Pacific at risk of missing global development targets – UN agency
01/May ‘Broadly positive’ outlook for Asia-Pacific threatened by rising global uncertainty, warns UN report
28/Apr Korean Peninsula: Conflict prevention ‘our collective priority’ but onus also on DPRK, says UN chief
25/Apr Afghanistan makes progress in fighting corruption, yet enormous challenges remain – new UN report
28/Mar UN rights office disappointed with Thai Government’s refusal to criminalize enforced disappearance