Afghanistan

UNICEF pledges to demobilize 5,000 child soldiers in Afghanistan

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN mission to Afghanistan have set a target of demobilizing 5,000 child soldiers this year as part of their joint campaign to reintegrate war-affected youngsters in the country.

UN women's rights expert says new Afghan Constitution heralds era of progress

Hailing the recent adoption of a Constitution for Afghanistan, the head of a United Nations women's rights committee today said the charter marks the beginning of a new era of gender equality in the country.

UN says voter registration in Afghanistan insufficient to allow for June elections

Insecurity in Afghanistan has impeded voter registration efforts, putting in jeopardy an election planned for June, a United Nations spokesman said today.

Annan condemns deadly bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan

Reacting to the latest spate of deadly violence in Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned today's bomb attacks, which killed 14 people, mostly children, in the southern city of Kandahar.

Security Council applauds new constitution for Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council today commended the delegates to Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, or grand council, for reaching agreement at the weekend on adopting a new constitution for the war-wracked country.

Ending assignment as top UN envoy to Afghanistan, Brahimi gets national honour

Lakhdar Brahimi completed his two-year assignment as the top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan over the weekend just as the war-wracked country took the important step of adopting a democratic constitution.

Annan hails agreement on new Constitution for Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today lauded members of Afghanistan's grand council for reaching accord on a founding charter for emerging democracy in the country.

UN envoy to Afghanistan holds talks to help build consensus for constitution

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today held meetings with delegates to the country’s grand council after they asked for help to build consensus in the process of setting up a national constitution.