Afghanistan

Afghanistan: UN envoy hails national army's progress

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan this weekend hailed progress achieved by the country's national army and called on all people to work for reconstruction in the war-ravaged land.

UN Children's Fund opens Afghan workshop on former child soldiers

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today opened a workshop organized by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on the demobilization and reintegration of former child soldiers in the war-torn country.

UN agency signs new anti-narcotics agreement with Afghanistan

With Afghanistan listed as a key producer of opium, the United Nations anti-narcotics agency has added a new agreement to its largely expanded portfolio of 20 projects, worth $38 million, in the fight against illicit drugs in the central Asian country.

New UN-backed peace commission in Afghanistan to help settle local disputes

The United Nations is backing a peace commission in northern Afghanistan that is bringing together members of different factions in a bid to resolve conflicts without violence, a UN spokesman said today in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

UN-assisted commission collects 120 weapons in northern Afghanistan

In a voluntary disarmament exercise by key Afghan factions, a United Nations-assisted security commission has collected 120 light and heavy weapons in the northern region of the country, a flashpoint for tensions between rival militias.

Afghanistan: UN-assisted commission begins disarmament of flashpoint region

A United Nations-assisted security commission has left on a mission to disarm a northern region of Afghanistan that has been a flashpoint for tensions between rival militias.

Afghanistan: UN envoy condemns attacks on aid workers, vows continued relief effort

The chief United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today deplored a recent "brutal and premeditated" deadly attack on aid workers, but affirmed that the relief drive will continue.

Afghanistan sets record for cereal harvest but many still need food aid – UN report

Afghanistan will reap its largest cereal harvest on record this year thanks to good rainfall and better access to seeds and fertilizers, but many households will still need humanitarian assistance as they continue to suffer the impact of a severe drought and two decades of civil strife, two UN food agencies reported today.

UN agencies support Afghan Government campaign to disinfect 17,500 wells

The Afghan Government, with support from three United Nations agencies, is set to chlorinate a total of 17,500 shallow wells in the country’s capital Kabul in an effort to reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal disease and the risk of other water related illnesses.

Afghanistan: disarmament exercise to start in Sholgara, UN reports

A United Nations spokesman in Afghanistan today reported that disarmament exercises will soon commence in Sholgara – an area rumored to be blighted by growing instability.