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UN Top Headlines Updated for Asia and the Pacific

Dangerous rhetoric, overconfidence, increase risk of conflict on Korean Peninsula, UN chief warns
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday that he is deeply concerned over the risk of military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, "including as a result of miscalculation."


UN chief stresses need to denuclearize Korean Peninsula, avoid "sleepwalking into war'
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres wrapped up a short visit to Tokyo on Thursday with an appeal to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and other countries to implement relevant Security Council resolutions to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.


Myanmar can draw on UN expertise in tackling Rohingya returns, Security Council told
The United Nations can help Myanmar to defuse inter-communal tensions and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees, the Organization's top political official said Tuesday, stressing that the country could also tap the UN's capacities and experience in tackling other challenges, including democratic consolidation.


UN stepping up support to diphtheria vaccination campaign for Rohingya children in Bangladesh
A United Nations-backed campaign to immunize Rohingya children against diphtheria began on Tuesday in Bangladesh, following an outbreak that has resulted in nine deaths in the camps and makeshift settlements hosting these refugees from Myanmar.


Security tensions may have deepened rights violations in DPRK, Security Council told
People's rights are reportedly violated in "almost every aspect" of their lives in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations human rights chief warned Monday, stressing that security tensions on the Korean Peninsula should not negate concerns about the situation of ordinary people there.


Peaceful conduct of elections 'historic moment' for Nepal, says UN chief
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the holding of the two-phased State and Federal elections in Nepal and congratulated its people for the peaceful conduct of the polls.


UN political chief, DPRK officials agree Korean Peninsula faces 'most tense and dangerous' situation
In their meetings this week, the United Nations political chief and senior officials of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) shared the view that the Korean Peninsula faces the most tense and dangerous peace and security situation in the world.


FEATURE: Seizing on global trend, Afghan women reporters empower voices against violence
In a year when the #metoo hashtag has inspired women across the globe to tell their personal tales of harassment and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, a team of female television reporters in northern Afghanistan is promising to "leave no sister behind" by telling the often harrowing stories of Afghan women and girls trapped by abuse and gender-based violence.


China tops patent, trademark and design filings in 2016 – UN agency reports
Worldwide filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs reached record heights in 2016 amid soaring demand in China, which received more patent applications than the combined total of applications received by the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the European Patent Office, the United Nations intellectual property agency said Wednesday.


Use fiscal stability to bolster inclusive, sustainable development in Asia-Pacific, UN report urges
Countries in the Asia-Pacific region should make the most of the prevailing stable economic conditions to orient their economies towards a more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable path, the United Nations development wing in the region has urged.


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