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UN: Nearly a half-billion in Asia-Pacific still going hungry

Nearly a half-billion people in the Asia-Pacific are still malnourished and eliminating hunger by 2030 requires that millions escape food insecurity each month, according to a report released Wednesday by UN agencies. Data compiled by the United Nations show slow progress and even backsliding in the ...

Elaine Kurtenbach

Meth production in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand booming: UN

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published a report Tuesday which names the “Golden Triangle” of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos as the heart of methamphetamine production and trafficking in East and Southeast Asia. The report also states Taiwan-based crime syndicates operating across ...

UN hosts dialogue on Belt and Road Initiative, 2030 Agenda in Cambodia

The United Nations in Cambodia has embarked on a research initiative to establish why and how both the Belt and Road Initiative and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are critical for realizing Cambodia’s vision to become an upper middle-income country by 2030. The UN ...

Why the UN has a genocide case on Myanmar

Even after taking part in past United Nations human rights investigations in Sri Lanka and North Korea, nothing quite prepared former Indonesian attorney general Marzuki Darusman for the harrowing stories of the Myanmar Army’s bloody 2017 rampage that killed more than 10,000 Rohingya Muslims and ...

Government hits back at UN human rights officials

Cambodian officials have accused two United Nations (UN) human rights experts of interfering in its internal affairs when they commented on the freedom of opinion and expression in the Kingdom and the media code of conduct for the July 29 national elections. Keep reading ...

Myanmar and UN announce deal for return of Rohingya

Myanmar’s government has announced an agreement with two UN agencies for the return of refugees who fled violence in Rakhine state, but Rohingya have expressed concerns that it does not do enough to guarantee their safety. Keep reading ...

Myanmar stalling on end to child soldier recruitment: UN

Myanmar has not done enough to fulfil its promise to end the use of child soldiers and underage recruitment may even be on the rise, a top UN official said Tuesday. The military and a number of rebel groups have for years drafted underage soldiers to ...

Tens of thousands protest against aid agencies in Myanmar’s west

Buddhist monks and residents demonstrated in 15 of 17 townships in Rakhine State on Sunday to demand a resolution to the security issues in the area and to keep out foreign aid agencies. Buddhist monks hold placards during a protest against the United Nations (UN), ...

Achieve lagging millennium goals, targets, PM instructs

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has said the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) should be continued since the country has fallen short of achieving some of the targets. Mr Thongloun, also the Chairman of the National Guiding Committee for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals ...

FMs welcome move to marry ASEAN vision with UN agenda

ASEAN Foreign Ministers (FMs) have welcomed the initiative to combine ASEAN Community Vision 2025 with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, saying this should be accorded top priority.Keep reading ...

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