UN anti-drugs chief calls for greater financial help for Afghanistan

31 March – The top United Nations official in the fight against illegal drugs today called on the international community to provide more help to tackle the growing drug problem in Afghanistan.

Upcoming elections must be safe and free, Annan tells Afghanistan conference

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared to the opening of an international conference on Afghanistan today that this year's presidential and parliamentary elections will only advance national reconciliation if political parties and candidates can campaign openly and polling can take place safely.

UN’s agriculture arm calls for funds to dissuade Afghan farmers from opium crop

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today appealed for $60 million to help stimulate Afghanistan’s rural economy so that farmers are deterred from turning to opium production for their income.

Afghanistan: UN official hails Karzai's announcement of September elections

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today hailed an announcement by President Hamid Karzai indicating that elections are now scheduled for September.

Afghanistan: UN development chief calls for generous reconstruction aid

On the eve of an international conference on the reconstruction of Afghanistan the top United Nations development official has called for sustained global support as the war-shattered country seeks $27.5 billion over the coming seven years.

UN mission to remain in Afghanistan another year, Security Council decides

Renewing the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) by another 12 months, the Security Council today stressed the importance of extending central authority across the whole country and disarming, demobilizing and reintegrating all armed factions.

Over 1,000 Afghans a day returning from Pakistan - UN refugee agency

Three weeks after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resumed its voluntary repatriation programme from Pakistan to Afghanistan, the pace of returns has stepped up to more than 1,000 people a day.

Annan recommends UN mission stay another year in Afghanistan

Peace and security remain elusive for many Afghans, especially in rural areas, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says as he calls for another 12-month extension to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Afghanistan: top UN envoy appeals for calm following deadly violence in Herat

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan appealed today to all parties to restore law and order in the western city of Herat where deadly violence yesterday claimed the life of Aviation and Tourism Minister Mirwais Siddiq, among others.

UN envoy urges more funds to help Afghanistan's schoolchildren

As Afghanistan opened its new school year today, the senior United Nations envoy there urged international support for education in the war-ravaged nation.