Afghanistan

News in Brief 14 October 2020

  • Afghanistan: aid teams deployed to assess impact of fighting 
  • Progress in tackling tuberculosis at risk from COVID crisis 
  • Talks begin to resolve disputed Lebanon-Israel maritime border 
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Thousands displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan

Thousands of people have been displaced and critical health services interrupted, after fighting erupted last weekend between security forces and Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, the UN humanitarian office has reported.   

UN condemns deadly suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan

The United Nations has strongly condemned Saturday’s suicide attack on a government building in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan, and underlined that the perpetrators must be brought to justice. 

President Ghani sets out ‘clear plan’ to advance UN values in Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan told the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that his country was moving into the next five years “with a clear plan for progressing the values of the UN”, which are enshrined in its own constitution.

Historic Afghan talks present ‘major opportunity’ for peace: UN Secretary-General

The first ever direct talks between Afghan Government representatives and the Taliban which began on Saturday, present “a major opportunity” to finally realise the “long-held aspirations” of the people, for a peaceful future, the UN chief has said.

UN denounces Kabul attack targeting Afghan Vice President

The United Nations has strongly condemned Wednesday's attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, targeting the official convoy of the country's First Vice President, Amrullah Saleh. 

Afghanistan: Near-record violence risks derailing imminent talks between Government and Taliban

The UN’s top official in Afghanistan has warned that with the formal launch of direct peace negotiations imminent, near-record violence in the country is creating an atmosphere of mistrust that risks derailing long-sought talks between the Government and the Taliban. 

Amid Afghanistan’s ‘vast’ COVID-19 crisis, people want security, jobs: UN 

Although Afghanistan’s COVID-19 crisis is “vast”, what people really want are jobs and security, according to a senior UN relief official. 

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the UN Development Programme’s representative there, Abdallah Dardari, explains how the agency is already helping the Government to confront the pandemic, and supporting the rising number of families falling into poverty. 

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News in Brief 26 August 2020

  • Rohingya suffering must be acted on urgently, says UN’s Guterres
  • Polio eradication a cause for global celebration, UN health agency
  • Afghanistan’s warring parties should do whatever it takes to avoid COVID-induced poverty
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Afghanistan: More action needed to stop killings of human rights defenders 

The death of nine human rights defenders since the beginning of this year marks “the emergence of a truly alarming trend", an independent UN rights expert said on Friday, calling on Afghanistan to prevent any further killings.