UN envoy 'encouraged' by talks with Afghan leaders on disarmament, security

With the United Nations-backed plan to decommission thousands of ex-soldiers in Afghanistan picking up steam, the top UN envoy in the country met today with the governor of Herat and two senior army commanders to discuss key aspects of the national agenda.

Afghanistan: UN reports new voter registration sites expected to increase quickly

Only 340 of the 4,000 anticipated sites for the second stage of registration for Afghanistan’s general elections in September are now operating “but they are expanding geometrically,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today.

UN-backed conference seeks to boost regional trade through Afghanistan

For more than two decades, Afghanistan's war-torn borders were an obstacle to trade from South to Central Asia, but a United Nation-backed conference is now seeking to exploit the new opportunities in the region to boost economic cooperation, trade and transit.

Afghanistan: Blast hits car transporting electoral staff, but registration continues

A vehicle transporting national electoral field coordinators in Afghanistan exploded in an unexplained blast on Saturday near Jalalabad, but the country's voter registration drive continues, a United Nations spokesman reported today.