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Climate crisis fuels deadly floods, worsening hunger in Afghanistan

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that as erratic weather on the back of the worsening climate crisis “becomes the norm”, things will...

Japan: Safeguarding a mother tongue and mother nature

Even though both Nami and Tomoyuki were born on Okinoerabu Island (currently home to only 12,000 inhabitants), neither learned to speak Shimamuni – a...

Women in Afghanistan: The future ‘depends on them’

Released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday, Listening to Women Entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, Their Struggle and Resilience, analyzes data collected over the...

Restrictions on Afghan women continue unabated

Among those whose working lives have been upended, de facto authorities “banned” approximately 400 women workers at a pine nut processing from the workplace...

Hong Kong: UN human rights experts call for immediate release of Jimmy Lai

Mr. Lai is the founder of the campaigning pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper, which was shut down in 2021 in the wake of the June...

Bangladesh: Citing ‘dangerous decline’ of human rights, experts urge key reforms

The Human Rights Council-appointed experts’ call follows on from the election victory of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina earlier this month, who secured a controversial...

Myanmar demands greater focus urges UN rights chief, three years after coup

“Amid all of the crises around the world, it is important no one is forgotten. The people of Myanmar have been suffering for too...

Myanmar: Military’s ‘campaign of violence’ must end, UN chief says on anniversary of coup

In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday, the UN chief underscored the urgency of a transition to democratic governance and reinstating civilian...

Afghanistan: Taliban’s crackdown on women over ‘bad hijab’ must end

The incidents, which have surged since early January, are purportedly linked to violations of the Taliban’s stringent dress code for women.The Human Rights Council-appointed...

UN rights office voices concern ahead of elections in Pakistan

OHCHR denounced all acts of violence against political parties and candidates in the lead-up to Thursday’s vote.Spokesperson Liz Throssell said there have been no...

UNICEF condemns air strike on schools in Myanmar

The children killed were boys between 12 and 14 years of age.“UNICEF strongly condemns any strikes against schools and places of learning, which must...

Mongolian dzud: Extreme weather puts 90% of country at ‘high risk’

About 190,000 herder households are struggling with inadequate feed, skyrocketing prices and heightened vulnerabilities, according to the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in...

Asia-Pacific off track on path to SDGs, UN data shows

Adopted by world leaders in 2015, the 17 Goals focus on ending extreme poverty and hunger, ensuring access to clean water and sanitation, and...

Drastic erosion of women’s rights in Afghanistan continues

Police enforcement has increased harassment in public spaces and further limited women’s ability to leave their homes, according to testimony from 745 Afghan women...

We all want an Afghanistan at peace, UN chief says in Doha

Speaking to journalists during a two-day meeting with regional and national special envoys for Afghanistan, António Guterres said that there was consensus among delegates...

UN forum: Nations must collaborate now or risk further setbacks in sustainable development

The 11th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) kicked off in Bangkok, with participants echoing a compelling plea for nations to swiftly implement urgent...

Myanmar: Mandatory conscription shows junta’s ‘desperation’, rights expert says

Describing the move as a further sign of the junta’s “weakness and desperation”, Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews called for stronger international action to protect...

General Assembly debates Russia’s veto of DPR Korea sanctions panel

This is the third time this year that the world body has met to examine veto use among the Security Council’s permanent members –...

Accountability essential to counter human rights abuse in DPR Korea

In an oral update to the Human Rights Council – UN’s paramount human rights body – Deputy High Commissioner Nada Al-Nashif said that DPRK...

Path to low-carbon construction is clear as mud

“Not many architects think that climate change is something that they need to think about, but we’re trying to change that,” says Rosie Paul,...