Afghanistan

UN envoy details progress and challenges in Afghanistan

While Afghanistan continues to face significant challenges in areas such as human rights and protection, the country has realized strong political and development gains, according to the top UN envoy in the country.

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UN rights chief dismayed at sudden resumption of executions in Afghanistan

The United Nations human rights chief today expressed serious concern about the sudden execution of 14 prisoners in Afghanistan over the past few days after more than a year without carrying out the death penalty.

UN envoy condemns deadly suicide bomb attack during Eid prayers in northern Afghanistan

The United Nations top political envoy for Afghanistan today condemned a suicide bomb attack which killed at least 40 people in the country's north, during prayers linked to one of the holiest holidays of the Muslim faith

Dairy cooperatives help support and stabilize rural Afghan villages

As Afghanistan prepares to assume responsibility for its national security following the departure of foreign forces in 2014, an unexpected form of peace-building is taking root in some of the country’s rural villages.

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At major conference, Ban calls for continued international engagement with Afghanistan

Speaking at a major conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the international community to continue its engagement with and support for Afghanistan.

Child bride sentence handed down in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the minimum age for marriage is 16, but UN Women estimates half of all girls marry before age 15.

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UN mission in Afghanistan condemns assassination of peace council member

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned today's assassination of Maulawi Arsala Rahmani, a senior member of the country's High Peace Council, and stated its continued commitment to supporting the locally-led peace and reconciliation process.

Afghanistan on the path to transition

  Jan Kubis heads the UN mission in Afghanistan

Afghanistan will soon begin a period of transition and transformation.

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UN mission voices shock at killing of Afghan civilians

The United Nations has voiced shock and sadness at the loss of civilian lives in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar over the weekend and called for a full investigation to establish the facts behind the tragic incident.

UN boosts aid to victims of avalanche in northern Afghanistan

The United Nations is stepping up its efforts to provide health, food aid and temporary shelter to those affected by the avalanche that hit the Dispay village in the Badakshan province of northern Afghanistan last week, resulting in the death of 50 people and wounding four others.