Afghanistan

With UN support, Afghanistan kicks off anti-polio drive

In a bid to eradicate polio from Afghanistan, United Nations agencies today teamed up with the country's health officials to launch a new round of national immunization days.

Over 100 new weapons collected as northern Afghanistan continues disarmament

More than 100 weapons have been collected recently as part of the disarmament of northern Afghanistan – an area marked by an emerging sense of hope, a United Nations spokesman reported today.

New UN project aims to rehabilitate housing for thousands of Afghans

The United Nations today announced the launch of a new project that aims to rehabilitate housing for thousands of families in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: UN envoy urges investigation of attack on aid workers

Following an ambush against two relief workers in Afghanistan, the senior United Nations envoy to the country, Lakhdar Brahimi, today urged the authorities to find and punish those responsible.

Afghanistan: UN condemns police killings of student demonstrators

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned a recent police action in the country which left two student demonstrators dead and at least 15 wounded.

UN announces $12.5 million plan to help vulnerable Afghans this winter

As temperatures drop in Afghanistan, the Government and the United Nations have devised a $12.5 million plan to help the country's most vulnerable people during winter, a UN spokesman announced today.

UNICEF denounces violent attacks on schools in Afghanistan

Reacting to the burning of a number of schools recently in Afghanistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today strongly condemned those violent acts and urged action to protect the freedom of all boys and girls to learn.

Afghanistan: one injured as blast rocks area near UN guest house in Kabul

Security is being tightened around the United Nations guest house in the Afghan capital of Kabul following a blast which injured one person on Sunday evening, a spokesman for the world body reported today.

UN would support any inquiry into alleged mass graves in Afghanistan, spokesman says

Although it has not been formally approached by the Afghan Government about helping in any investigation of mass grave sites in the northern part of the country, the United Nations would be prepared to support any inquiry, a spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today.

Afghanistan: UN issues details of visit to alleged mass grave site

Responding to recent news accounts about a suspected mass gravesite in the northern part of Afghanistan, the United Nations mission in the country today issued a statement providing details of its visit to the location earlier this year.