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Security Council approves international security force for Kabul and nearby areas

Aiming to foster a secure environment for the political transition in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council today authorized the establishment of an International Security Assistance Force to assist the Afghan Interim Authority in Kabul and its surrounding areas.

Bakeries run by all-female Afghan staff reopen in Kabul, UN food agency says

Bakeries that will help more than 35,000 destitute and widowed women in Kabul reopened today after being closed for the past two months, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Thursday.

New York firefighters, police set to deliver relief aid for UN effort in Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is set to receive more than 29 metric tonnes of emergency food assistance for Afghanistan from a group of New York City firefighters and police officers, an agency spokesman said today in Pakistan.

As Afghan interim authority prepares to take power, UN stands ready to help - Annan

As the new United Nations-brokered interim government for Afghanistan prepares to assume authority this weekend, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged that the world body would support the Afghans and give them whatever help was needed to implement the power-sharing plan.

Afghanistan: UN aid workers to begin helping refugees home to Shomali Plains

Aid workers from the United Nations refugee agency travelled from Kabul up to the Panjshir Valley today to check on some 12,000 Afghans who fled the Shomali Plains, north of the capital.

Brahimi heads to Kabul as UN seeks funds for transitional Afghan authority

The chief United Nations envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, headed to Kabul today as United Nations efforts to fund the political transition in the war-ravaged country continued to gain momentum.

Afghanistan: preparations for power transfer on track, Brahimi tells Security Council

Preparations for the transfer of power next week to the new Interim Authority for Afghanistan were proceeding "very well," Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, said today.

UN agency sets up fund to channel donor financing for Afghan Interim Authority

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today established a temporary fund to enable donors to provide financial support for the Interim Authority for Afghanistan during the next six months.

UN, Uzbekistan sign accord to ease delivery of relief supplies to Afghanistan

Relief efforts for Afghanistan received a boost today as the United Nations and the Government of Uzbekistan agreed on measures to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to northern Afghanistan by UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations.

Brahimi en route to New York to brief Security Council on multinational force

The United Nations chief envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, was en route to New York today to brief the Security Council on a UN-mandated multinational security force, while his deputy continued talks with Afghan leaders in preparation for the country's new interim government.