Afghanistan

UN welcomes inauguration of Afghanistan's constitutional commission

Hailing the achievement of another political milestone in Afghanistan's transition to democracy, the United Nations today renewed its pledge of full support for the process.

Afghanistan: UN joins campaign to immunize 6 million children against polio

As polio continues to be the leading cause of disability in Afghanistan, two United Nations agencies have joined the national government’s nation-wide campaign to immunize more than 6 million children in three days.

UN Mission brokers cease-fire between rival factions in Northern Afghanistan

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has helped broker a cease-fire between warring factions in the northern city of Maimana, ending a spate of deadly violence that erupted last Thursday.

UN envoy condemns murder of relief worker in Afghanistan

Lakhdar Brahimi, the senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, today strongly condemned the "brutal and callous killing" of Ricardo Munguia, a water supply engineer with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who was killed in the southern part of the country earlier this week.

Faction leaders in northern Afghanistan hold security talks, UN reports

Faction leaders in northern Afghanistan have held talks aimed at resuming the stalled disarmament process in parts of that region, a United Nations spokesman in Kabul reported today.

UN’s refugee chief works to prepare for more Afghan returns

Security concerns are still impacting the return of exiled Afghans to their homeland, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the press in Kabul today.

UN envoy calls on donors to fund disarmament effort in Afghanistan

Lakhdar Brahimi, the senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, has urged donors meeting in Tokyo to support the country's efforts to help ex-soldiers lay down their arms.

With India's support, UN to distribute nutrient-rich biscuits to Afghan children

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to distribute nearly 10,000 tons of high-energy biscuits donated by India to the school children of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: UNICEF kicks off campaign to wipe out neonatal tetanus

The United Nations today kicked off a drive in Afghanistan aimed at eliminating neonatal tetanus, which kills an estimated 11,000 newborns in the country each year.

UN sends security delegation to monitor disarmament in northern Afghanistan

The United Nations today sent a disarmament monitoring team to northern Afghanistan, where hundreds of guns remain despite recent arms control successes.