Security Council mission heading to Afghanistan to check progress on rebuilding

A United Nations Security Council mission is heading to Afghanistan to show support for the reconstruction process there and to check on its progress, according to the delegation's chairman, Ambassador Gunter Pleuger of Germany.

Demobilization in northern Afghanistan about half way finished, UN says

About half the 1,000 ex-soldiers voluntarily disarmed in the northern Afghanistan province of Kunduz have completed the multi-step demobilization programme there, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today.

Green concerns to be integrated by UN into Afghan development plan

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a €4.27 million (euro) scheme to support the rehabilitation of Afghanistan’s environment and integrate green concerns into the country’s development.

UN refugee agency says more than 2.5 million Afghans have returned home

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that more than 2.5 million Afghans have returned to their homeland since a repatriation programme began in March last year.

UN agency’s Afghan housing programme intensifies in advance of winter

A scheme to rebuild homes for thousands of returning refugees in Afghanistan has been stepped up in a bid to beat the country’s usually bitter winter, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Afghanistan needs people to hold pens not guns, UN envoy tells ex-soldiers

Some 1,000 former combatants, marching without their rifles thanks to a United Nations disarmament programme, paraded in front of Afghan President Hamid Karzai today, in what he called "one of the best days in Afghanistan," according to a UN dispatch from the capital Kabul.

Key causes of insecurity remain in Afghanistan, top UN official says

The United Nations' top peacekeeping official told the UN Security Council today the many of the fundamental causes of insecurity in Afghanistan "remain unresolved."

UN to launch disarmament programme Friday in Afghanistan

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is set to officially launch tomorrow a disarmament campaign that has already had some measure of success.

Afghan police helping to promote stability in troubled northern areas, UN reports

Troubled parts of northern Afghanistan are increasingly stable thanks in part to the deployment of a police unit there, a United Nations spokesman reported today.

Security Council approves expanding international force to outside Afghan capital

The United Nations Security Council gave its approval today for the international troops in Afghanistan to move out from the capital, Kabul, citing the importance of extending the Government's authority throughout the country and providing security for reconstruction and humanitarian efforts.