Afghanistan

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

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.

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.

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.

Afghanistan: UN mission deplores attack on its compound in Kunduz

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today deplored the attack on its compound in the north-eastern city of Kunduz, adding that no UN staff members were hurt and that all of them have been accounted for.

Ban calls for concerted efforts to combat scourge of illicit drugs in Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for concerted efforts to help Afghanistan extricate itself from the scourge of drug production, use and trafficking, noting that the country’s stability remains at stake with an estimated 15 per cent of its income accruing from trade in illicit drugs.

UN envoy arrives to help Afghanistan through new period of development

The new United Nations envoy to Afghanistan arrived in the capital, Kabul, today to take the helm of the world body’s presence there and assist the country amid a period of transition.

UN food agency launches initiative to fight hunger in Afghan cities

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today a new food subsidy initiative geared towards providing Afghanistan’s urban poor with guaranteed access to provisions despite the threat of food insecurity across the country.