ASIA PACIFIC


26 August – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned the attack during Friday prayer at Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul that killed at least 20 civilians – including seven women and one child – and injured more than 30 others.


25 August – Measures in Cambodia, which left radio programmes and licences suspended, have sparked the United Nations human rights wing to call on the Government for political and civil rights guarantees.


25 August – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today strongly condemned the attacks carried out against the Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine State, expressing concern about escalating tensions in the region.


25 August – With global warming expected to significantly impact future yields in countries located closer to the equator, the United Nations agriculture agency is calling on Asia-Pacific economies to take a leading role in adaptation and mitigation.


24 August – The United Nations today welcomed the release of the final report of an independent advisory body looking into the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.


24 August – United Nations humanitarian agencies are working with the Government and partners in Nepal to bring in clean water, food, shelter and medical aid for some of the 41 million people affected by flooding and landslides in South Asia.


16 August – Addressing the growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said it was important “to dial down rhetoric and dial up diplomacy.”


15 August – The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has been activated in Nepal to support response efforts in the aftermath of severe floods that have hit the nation, the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country has said.


11 August – A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm over reports that an army battalion has flown into Rakhine state in western Myanmar to help local authorities boost security in the region.


8 August – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed a grave concern over the deteriorating conditions for refugees and asylum seekers at Australia’s offshore immigration processing facility on the Manus Island of Papua New Guinea.

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.


Latest ballistic missile launch by DPR Korea a ‘dangerous escalation of the situation’ – UN chief

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.


Secretary-General extends condolences to victims in oil tanker truck explosion in Pakistan

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.


UN chief ‘saddened’ by loss of life and devastation caused by landslide in China

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.


Pakistan: UN chief condemns separate deadly bomb attacks

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.


Sri Lanka’s food gap widens in wake of regional floods and drought, UN agencies warn

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.


Afghan Government must work to build trust in an ‘increasingly fragile environment’ – UN envoy

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.


Myanmar: UN expert urges Government to do more to protect rights of all children

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.


In Kabul, UN chief calls for peace and compassion

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.


UN and partners in Sri Lanka appeal for resources as receding floods reveal extent of damage

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.

06/Jun
Sri Lanka: UN assists storm victims, seeks to contain diseases ‘spiralling out of control’
03/Jun Afghanistan: After attack on funeral in Kabul, UN envoy calls for urgent measures to halt cycle of violence
02/Jun
Afghanistan: UN Mission urges restraint amid ongoing violent protests in Kabul
UN Security Council adds individuals and groups to DPR Korea sanctions list
UN agencies urge aid for cyclone-hit communities in Bangladesh, Myanmar
31/May UN condemns terrorist attack in Kabul, underscores need to protect civilians
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
22/May
UN experts urge Indonesia to free jailed politicians, repeal its blasphemy law
Security Council strongly condemns ballistic missile test by DPR Korea
16/May Conflict-related child deaths hit new high in Afghanistan, UN warns
15/May
Ongoing forest destruction has put Asia-Pacific at risk of missing global development targets – UN agency
Annual UN Asia-Pacific policy forum session spotlights poverty eradication, sustainable energy
UN condemns DPR Korea’s ballistic missile launch
14/May At China’s Belt and Road Forum, UN chief Guterres stresses shared development goals
12/May ESCAP: 70 years of UN efforts to advance socio-economic development in Asia and the Pacific
11/May
UN experts urge India to restore internet and social media services in Jammu and Kashmir
Uzbekistan: UN human rights office to work more closely with ‘country at a crossroads’
09/May UN experts ‘strongly’ condemn brutal murder of journalist and rights defender in Maldives
05/May Efforts to impeach Nepalese Chief Justice ‘an assault on human rights’ – UN rights chief
04/May Myanmar: Displaced Rohingya at risk of ‘re-victimization’ warns UN refugee agency
02/May
Philippines: UN reports significant progress in child protection, despite ongoing violations
Afghanistan: UN assesses border management to cope with spike in returns from Pakistan
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
27/Apr Afghanistan: UN urges protection of civilians as casualties remain high in first quarter
25/Apr Afghanistan makes progress in fighting corruption, yet enormous challenges remain – new UN report
24/Apr
Conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan tortured, ill-treated in government facilities – UN
 Security Council condemns latest ‘highly destabilizing’ DPRK ballistic missile test
18/Apr UN human rights arm urges Nepal to carry out conviction of soldiers in teen’s murder
17/Apr UN cultural agency promotes power of youth to preserve cultural heritage
06/Apr Post latest missile test, Security Council condemns DPRK’s ‘highly destabilizing behaviour’
04/Apr
Australia’s Aboriginal children ‘essentially being punished for being poor’ – UN rights expert
Health care goals in Indonesia can be reached only if challenges addressed – UN expert
31/Mar INTERVIEW: Mark Bowden on his time in Afghanistan and on revamping international aid
29/Mar Pro-poor urbanization, sustainable infrastructure can unlock Asia-Pacific’s prosperity – UN
10/Mar Nation-building amid insurgency ‘an uphill struggle’ for Afghanistan – UN envoy
08/Mar
Viet Nam: UN experts urge Government to release blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’
Latest ballistic launches by DPR Korea raise risk of regional arms race, UN Security Council warns
28/Mar UN rights office disappointed with Thai Government’s refusal to criminalize enforced disappearance
27/Feb UN rights expert calls on Myanmar authorities to protect Rohingya population

16/Feb – Pakistan: UN condemns deadly terrorist attack on Sufi shrine in Sindh province

14/Feb – UN food relief agency working with Sri Lanka to end hunger and malnutrition

12/Feb – UN strongly condemns DPR Korea’s ballistic missile launch

12 Feb – Afghanistan: UN mission expresses grave concern at high civilian casualties in Helmand

07 Feb

Afghanistan: UN condemns deadly suicide attack in Kabul near Supreme Court
UN rights expert urges Thailand to loosen restrictions around monarchy defamation law

06 Feb

Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state could amount to crimes against humanity – UN special adviser
UN renews call for protection of Afghan civilians, after casualty figures spike in 2016

03 Feb – UN report details ‘devastating cruelty’ against Rohingya population in Myanmar’s Rakhine province