Afghanistan

Afghanistan conference draws donor pledges and calls for lasting ceasefire 

International donors pledged financial and political support for Afghanistan’s peace process at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva on Tuesday, anticipating a sustainable ceasefire that will help the country rebuild and heal after decades of conflict. 

News in Brief 24 November 2020

  • End bloodshed now in Afghanistan, urges UN’s Guterres  
  • Ethiopian military must be given ‘clear’ orders to protect civilians: Bachelet 
  • Brazilian man’s killing at hands of security guards condemned 
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Afghanistan: UN’s Grandi and Bachelet put plea for lasting ceasefire top of their wishlist

Two top UN officials called for an end to the long-running conflict in Afghanistan on Monday, telling a major conference in Geneva that normality could only return to the country if there was a sustained ceasefire.  

News in Brief 23 November 2020

  • CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID lockdowns 
  • Yemen inches towards famine: UNICEF 
  • Do more to protect Afghan civilians, Bachelet tells armed actors 
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Afghanistan: UN chief underscores need to end violence following deadly rocket attacks

The UN Secretary-General has condemned rocket attacks in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Saturday which killed at least eight civilians and wounded many more.

Second recent attack on Kabul school draws Guterres’ strong condemnation

The UN chief strongly condemned the “horrific attack” on Monday at Kabul University in Afghanistan. 

News in Brief 27 October 2020

  • Yemen’s children in desperate need: new food security assessment  
  • Health centres hit amid ongoing fighting in southern Afghanistan 
  • Open science up for all, urge UN agency chiefs, in call for common good 
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Afghanistan: UN Mission voices ‘deep revulsion’ over deadly bomb attack on Kabul college

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed “deep revulsion” at the killing on Saturday night of at least 24 people, according to latest reports, and injuring of dozens of others in a suicide attack outside an education centre.

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.