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As Afghanistan enters springtime, farmers plant their annual crops. Agricultural activities form the backbone of the Afghan economy, with fruits and vegetables consumed domestically and also exported. Photos: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA
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Hundreds of girls attend UN-backed conference on women’s issues

LAGHMAN, 31 March 2015 – Women leaders in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman encouraged girls attending a conference on women’s issues to focus on their education so they can play a more powerful role in Afghan society.

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Secretary-General meets with President Ghani at UN headquarters

NEW YORK, 26 March 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the world body’s headquarters in New York. The meeting marked Mr. Ghani’s first visit to the United Nations as President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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UN-backed campaigns promote women’s rights
KABUL, 25 March 2015 – On the heels of International Women’s Day earlier this month, the UN’s regional offices in Afghanistan have continued their information campaigns to raise awareness about women’s rights.
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Ghani, Obama discuss Afghan development in Washington ahead of SG meet
WASHINGTON, 25 March 2015 – Ahead of a scheduled meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 26 March, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah met with President Barack Obama in Washington D.C.
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UNAMA chief stresses regional engagement at OSCE conference

WASHINGTON, 22 March 2015 - The top United Nations official in Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, stressed the world body’s commitment to support Afghanistan, both in the country and across the region, during a panel discussion held at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C.

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Polio eradication campaign underway in southeast Afghanistan

GARDEZ, 22 March 2015 – A polio immunization campaign, supported by the United Nations, is now underway to immunize nearly one million children against the crippling disease in the southeastern region of Afghanistan.

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UN backs events to promote peace and reconciliation

KANDAHAR, 22 March 2015 – To promote peace and reconciliation at the community level, the United Nations has backed a series of theatre events in various districts of the southern province of Kandahar.

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PRESS STATEMENT: UNAMA Extends Warm Regards to Afghans on Nowruz
KABUL, 20 March 2015 – Nowruz is a special occasion for Afghans. It is a time for renewal and celebration, promoting values of peace and solidarity between generations and communities. It contributes to cultural diversity and friendship among people.
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PRESS STATEMENT: UN condemns public lynching and burning of mentally ill woman

KABUL, 20 March 2015 – The United Nations condemns, in the strongest terms, the brutal killing and burning of a 27 year old mentally ill woman.

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UNAMA releases report on Afghan land distribution

KABUL, 19 March 2015 –  UNAMA released a report today titled “The Stolen Lands of Afghanistan and its People: The State Land Distribution System.” The report, the second in a series of three, was prepared by the mission’s Rule of Law personnel to provide an analysis of the land administration and management framework in Afghanistan.

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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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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at United Nations headquarters in New York on 26 March 2015. UN Photo / Evan Schneider

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