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Conflict-related civilian casualties in 2014 rose 22 per cent to highest recorded levels, finds UNAMA’s latest Protection of Civilians Report. Photos: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA
UNAMA chief meets with Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs
ISLAMABAD, 27 February 2015 – Nicholas Haysom, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, met this morning with Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs.
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UN Secretary-General's statement on avalanches, landslides and flooding in Afghanistan
NEW YORK, 26 February 2015 - The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life in Afghanistan as a result of avalanches, landslides and floods in Kabul, Parwan, Panjsher, Kapisa, Badakhshan and Nuristan provinces.
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PRESS RELEASE: UN Afghan report on torture in detention shows some progress, calls for more action
KABUL, 25 February 2015 - A UN report released today on the torture and ill-treatment of conflict-related detainees in Government detention facilities shows some progress and welcomes the new administration’s commitment to accelerate its efforts to fully eliminate the practice of torture and ill-treatment in detention facilities.
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One million children administered polio drops in Afghanistan’s east
JALALABAD, 22 February 2015 - Despite security challenges, thousands of health workers fanned out across Afghanistan’s eastern provinces last week to administer life-saving polio drops to nearly one million children under age five, as part of a United Nations-backed campaign.
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Herat officials meet on UN-backed development plan
HERAT, 22 February 2015 – The Government of Afghanistan’s western Herat province presented last week a three-year plan, consisting of more than 1,000 development projects, to international donors.
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UNAMA chief meets with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and other high-ranking officials

TEHRAN, 21 February 2015 - Nicholas Haysom, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, met on Saturday in Tehran with Ibrahim Rahimpour, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran.

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PRESS RELEASE: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rise by 22 per cent in 2014

KABUL, 18 February 2015 - Increased ground engagements between parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan are behind a 22 per cent rise in conflict-related deaths and injuries of Afghan civilians in 2014, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today on the release of its 2014 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, prepared in coordination with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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New institute formed to strengthen Afghan civil society
KABUL, 17 February 2015 – Afghan civil society gained momentum on Tuesday with the formation of a national, independent organization designed to promote high standards among civil society institutions through a comprehensive certification process.
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Government, UN support efforts to enhance role of police women in Nangarhar

JALALABAD, 15 February 2015 – The number of Afghan police women in the eastern province of Nangarhar has grown, due in part to a new initiative supported by the Ministry of Interior and the United Nations.

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UN Security Council Committee Report indicates Taliban strengthening links to organized crime
NEW YORK, 10 February 2015 – The Taliban’s involvement in criminal activity, including narcotics trafficking, illicit mining, collusion with mafias and kidnapping for ransom, appears to be increasing, a new UN Security Council Committee report indicates.
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Afghan Civilian Casualties Figures - 2014

The number of civilians killed and injured in 2014 in Afghanistan is the highest ever recorded by the UN since the world body began tracking the statistics in 2009. Click the graphic for full details.
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In Kandahar on 19 February, UNAMA’s Mark Bowden met with Governor Toryalai Weesa, other Government officials and UN partners working in the province to underscore the world body’s commitment to Afghanistan in the areas of development and humanitarian assistance. Photo: Mujeeb Rahman / UNAMA
The new UNAMA report on protection of civilians, released on 18 February 2015, documented a 22 per cent rise in the number of conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries as compared to 2013, largely as a result of increased ground engagements.
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