Top UN envoy in Afghanistan strongly condemns ‘brutal slaying’ of aid workers

The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today voiced shock at Monday’s “brutal slaying” of two local workers of a non-governmental organization (NGO) in southern Kandahar, strongly condemning it as “yet another tragic and unacceptable act” against the aid community.

Afghanistan: UN suspends operations in Kandahar region following bomb blast

All United Nations operations in the Kandahar region of southern Afghanistan have been temporarily suspended, including voter registration, and movement within the city by national and international staff has been limited following a roadside bomb attack against a UN convoy.

Citing security concerns, UN refugee agency to close 13 Afghan border camps

Citing security concerns in the Afghan-Pakistani border area and improved economic opportunities in Afghanistan, the United Nations refugee agency will close 13 camps by September and encourage their 200,000 Afghan residents to return home.

UN refugee chief expects 1 million Afghans to be repatriated this year

The United Nations expects up to 1 million Afghan refugees to be repatriated from host countries Iran and Pakistan and up to 100,000 internally displaced people to return to their southern and western Afghanistan homes this year, UN High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said.

UN refugee chief discusses Afghan repatriation with key regional players

The head of the United Nations refugee agency has begun a nine-day three-nation tour focusing on the voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Iran and Pakistan as well as their reintegration and their longer-term prospects in the region.

Boosting international force vital for Afghan repatriation – UN refugee chief

Hailing the return of more than 3 million Afghans to their homeland over the past two years, the United Nations refugee chief warned today that a rapid expansion of the international security force and the country's own police is vital for the repatriation of some 3 million more who fled decades of conflict.

International conference raises $8.2 billion for Afghanistan's recovery - UN

The United Nations' top envoy to Afghanistan today hailed the success of this week's international conference on the country, which closed with donors pledging to give $8.2 billion over the next three years for the reconstruction effort.