UN peacekeeping chief warns of attacks in Afghanistan as election date nears

With only 11 days remaining before the people of Afghanistan go to the polls to elect a president for the first time in their history, the senior United Nations peacekeeping official today warned there may be many violent incidents around the country in the run-up as groups try to disrupt the electoral process.

Nearly half of all working heavy weapons collected in Afghanistan, UN reports

With momentum building for the collection of arms in Afghanistan as voters prepare to go to the polls in an historic election next month, the United Nations Mission there (UNAMA) today announced that nearly half of all operable and reparable heavy weapons in the country have been turned in.

Security Council approves international force in Afghanistan for another year

The Security Council today voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the international troop force in Afghanistan for another year and called upon countries to commit more personnel and funds so that it can work more effectively.

6 million Afghans need food relief because of drought and pests, UN report finds

More than six million Afghans will need food relief or other assistance over the next year because persistent drought in some areas and pests and diseases in others have caused crop failures across the country, a report by two United Nations agencies has found.

UN staff returning to troubled city in western Afghanistan to resume operations

United Nations staff are gradually returning to the troubled city of Herat in western Afghanistan, where the offices of the UN mission and agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were ransacked and seriously damaged on Sunday, to try to restore the world body’s operations there.

Annan condemns attacks on UN and partners in western Afghanistan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned today's attacks against United Nations offices, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Independent Human Rights Commission in strife-torn western Afghanistan's Herat province.

Afghanistan: UN envoy hails appointment of new governors in troubled western provinces

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today hailed the appointment of new governors in the troubled provinces of Herat and Ghor and underscored the importance of reconciliation ahead of elections scheduled for next month.

Millionth Afghan refugee returns home from Iran in landmark for UN

The United Nations refugee agency today marked a symbolic milestone with the return home of the one millionth Afghan from Iran since the start of voluntary repatriation to their war-ravaged country in April 2002, reducing by half the overall Afghan refugee population there.