In shift, UN supports setting up camps for displaced in northern Afghanistan

Reacting to the displacement of tens of thousands of people in northern Afghanistan, the United Nations today said it would set up camps in that region, reversing an early policy which held that it would be better to discourage Afghans from congregating in organized shelter areas there.

Switzerland aids UN's long-term development efforts in war-stricken Afghanistan

Switzerland will donate $2.15 million to long-term development efforts by United Nations agencies working to build peace, provide food and strengthen communities in war-ravaged Afghanistan, the UN announced today.

Afghanistan: UN agency reaches accord with Taliban to resume bakeries project

An agreement reached in talks with the Taliban has allowed the United Nations to resume a major food distribution project which benefits some 282,000 people in Kabul, Afghanistan, a UN spokesman announced today.

Disturbed at reported attacks in Afghanistan, Annan urges international response

Secretary-General Kofi Annan reacted with dismay today to reported attacks against civilians in Afghanistan and urged the international community to explore ways to prevent further rights violations there.

Afghanistan: UN holds talks with Taliban to keep bakeries aid project running

Talks between the United Nations and the Taliban aimed at forestalling the possible closure of a key UN food project in Afghanistan are now under way and could run through tomorrow, according to a UN relief official.

Afghanistan: donation from Germany will boost UN efforts to help poor farmers

United Nations efforts to help farming families affected by drought in Afghanistan will get an infusion of badly needed funds with the contribution of $232,000 announced by the Government of Germany, the UN said today.

UN relief coordinator urges strong response to appeal for Afghanistan

The head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today urged "a strong and quick response" to an appeal for Afghanistan, where an estimated $800,000 per day will be needed for the relief effort this year.

In letter to Annan, former King of Afghanistan urges aid to country's people

The former King of Afghanistan has written to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealing for aid to Afghans living both in their country and in refugee camps in neighbouring States.