Afghanistan

Security assurances prompt UN to resume repatriating Afghans from Pakistan

The United Nations refugee agency will next week resume repatriating refugees to Afghanistan from Pakistan, three months after one of its staff members was murdered.

UN mission denounces murder of five aid workers in Afghanistan

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has strongly condemned yesterday's murder of five non-governmental organization (NGO) staff in an ambush north of Kabul.

Deadly ambush prompts dispatch of extra police to northern Afghanistan - UN

Kabul-based police have been deployed in Afghanistan's northern province of Balkh to help maintain order after a joint delegation from the United Nations mission (UNAMA) and local authorities confirmed that four men were killed in an outbreak of local fighting last week.

Millionth Afghan registers to vote - UN

The one millionth Afghan to register to vote is a female Kabul University student, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported today.

UN survey predicts higher opium production in Afghanistan this year

Last year Afghanistan produced its highest amount of opium since 1999 – an estimated 3,600 tons, or more than three-quarters of the global supply – and the country is poised to exceed that amount this year, according to the results of a United Nations survey released today.

UN condemns 'brutal and cold-blooded' murder of demining workers in Afghanistan

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today voiced shock and outrage at the "brutal and cold-blooded" murder on Saturday of four deminers working with the world body to help eradicate landmines from the country.

Afghanistan: UN raises concerns over trial of the murder of UN staff member

The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has praised the swift handling of the investigation and trial of individuals convicted of the murder of a UN staff member, while raising concerns about the trial process.

Afghanistan risks becoming 'narco-State,' UN anti-drug chief warns

Unless illegal drug activities in Afghanistan are reined in, the country risks becoming a key player in the narcotics trade now fuelling terrorism, the head of the United Nations anti-drug agency warned today.

Annan moves to appoint new envoy to Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has moved to appoint Jean Arnault of France as his Special Representative for Afghanistan.

UN announces start of reintegration process for ex-fighters in Afghanistan

The reintegration of former fighters in Afghanistan began today in the capital, Kabul, where over 100 ex-soldiers are expected to rejoin society in the coming days, a spokesman for the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMA) said.