Afghanistan

Time running out to prevent ‘worst case scenario’ arising in Afghanistan

With all the major indicators for Afghanistan’s security and development looking “negative or stagnant” as international troops withdraw, the threats that lie ahead cannot be overstated, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

Five polio vaccination workers shot dead in Afghanistan; UN condemns ‘brutal’ killings

Five health workers carrying out a polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province were killed on Tuesday, and four others injured, during a series of attacks condemned by a senior UN official on the ground as brutal and “senseless”.

Afghanistan: UN condemns ‘horrendous attack’ on demining partner HALO Trust

The United Nations on Wednesday called for an investigation into the deadly attack in northern Afghanistan against the HALO Trust, a humanitarian group working to rid the country of landmines. In a statement issued on Friday, the UN Security Council described the attack as "atrocious and cowardly", underlining the need to hold the terrorist perpetrators to account.

News in Brief 31 May 2021

  • WHO chief calls for a global pandemic treaty
  • Haiti: funding gap threatens the lives of nearly 86,000 children
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Afghanistan: Top UN officials strongly condemn ‘heinous’ attack on girls school 

Two senior UN officials on Wednesday, condemned in the strongest terms, a terrorist attack targeting girls and their families outside a high school in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. 

News in Brief 10 May 2021

  • 'Maximum restraint' needed over East Jerusalem violence: UN chief
  • Condemnation for Kabul school attack atrocity
  • Spotlight on lack of investment in farming across Sahel region: FAO
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Kabul school bombing condemned by senior UN officials

Saturday’s deadly bombing outside a high school in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has been condemned by leading UN officials including the Secretary-General António Guterres. The attack led to the deaths of at least 60 people, including several schoolchildren.

UN condemns deadly attack at guesthouse in Afghanistan

The United Nations strongly condemned Friday’s suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan, in which at least 21 were killed and over 100, including women and children, wounded. 

Climate change link to displacement of most vulnerable is clear: UNHCR

Weather-related crises have triggered more than twice as much displacement as conflict and violence in the last decade, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday.

UN and partners announce Afghan peace summit will convene in Turkey this month

The UN together with Turkey, and Qatar, announced on Tuesday that a high-level conference aimed at ending decades of conflict in Afghanistan will go ahead beginning on 24 April, bringing together representatives of both the Afghan Government and the Taliban.