Afghanistan

Afghanistan: UN official voices outrage at suicide attacks on international forces

The senior United Nations official in Afghanistan today voiced shock and outrage at a spate of suicide attacks against the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), pledging that efforts to restore peace to the war-ravaged country will continue.

Afghanistan's new Constitution takes effect with UN offering support

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan today signed the country's new Constitution, triggering its formal adoption in the presence of the United Nations Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan, Jean Arnault.

Afghan Transitional Government should improve women's rights, Annan says

As people across Afghanistan register to vote, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on the UN Commission on the Status of Women to issue recommendations aimed at helping the country's women to participate fully in politics.

UN Mission to Afghanistan says voter registration tops 500,000

More than half a million Afghans have now registered to vote in this year's national parliamentary and presidential elections, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced today.

UN supports bid to prevent smuggling of Afghan children

A United Nations spokesman in Kabul today announced the world body's support for a new drive to prevent smugglers from taking Afghan children to other countries where they are used for cheap labour.

Recent progress in Afghanistan raises stakes for success, says outgoing UN envoy

The successful conclusion of Afghanistan's recent constitutional Loya Jirga promises great hope, but the country faces many onerous challenges if it is to capitalize on that accomplishment, the outgoing senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan told the Security Council today.

UNICEF pledges to demobilize 5,000 child soldiers in Afghanistan

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN mission to Afghanistan have set a target of demobilizing 5,000 child soldiers this year as part of their joint campaign to reintegrate war-affected youngsters in the country.

UN women's rights expert says new Afghan Constitution heralds era of progress

Hailing the recent adoption of a Constitution for Afghanistan, the head of a United Nations women's rights committee today said the charter marks the beginning of a new era of gender equality in the country.

UN says voter registration in Afghanistan insufficient to allow for June elections

Insecurity in Afghanistan has impeded voter registration efforts, putting in jeopardy an election planned for June, a United Nations spokesman said today.

Annan condemns deadly bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan

Reacting to the latest spate of deadly violence in Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned today's bomb attacks, which killed 14 people, mostly children, in the southern city of Kandahar.