Press releases

  • 12 Apr 2018 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) renews its call upon all parties to the conflict to increase efforts to protect civilians, as the number of civilians killed and injured by armed conflict in the first quarter of 2018 remained at the same high level recorded in 2017.
  • 01 Apr 2018 - KABUL - The United Nations welcomes the progress made by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in setting an October 2018 date to hold Afghanistan’s parliamentary and district council elections.
  • 24 Mar 2018 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan strongly condemns yesterday’s attack that killed at least 15 civilians and injured more than 40. Facts in the incident have now become clear. The detonation of a vehicle-borne explosive device took place in Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand, near a park when those who had gathered at a sports event were departing.
  • 21 Mar 2018 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 21 March, on Nowruz, which resulted in at least 33 people killed and 65 injured, for which the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has claimed responsibility.
  • 21 Mar 2018 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns today’s attack in Kabul during the Nowruz celebrations near a religious shrine. Nowruz is a time of renewal and celebration, and should be a time for promoting the values of peace and solidarity. Those who have organized this attack must be brought to justice.
  • 21 Mar 2018 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I condemn today’s attack in Kabul. As UNAMA continues to verify civilian casualties from the incident, initial reports indicate that at least 25 civilians were killed and many others injured. The explosion occurred in a civilian-populated area of Kabul, where Afghans had gathered peacefully to celebrate Nowruz, the beginning of the new year.
  • 20 Mar 2018 - KABUL - The United Nations family in Afghanistan extends warm regards to all Afghans on Nowruz, as the country marks the new year and the beginning of spring as a time of renewal and celebration, and an occasion for promoting the values of peace and solidarity between generations and communities.
  • 15 Mar 2018 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council welcomed the convening of the second meeting of the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation in Afghanistan on 28 February and commended the declaration agreed to by its participants.
  • 08 Mar 2018 - KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan marks International Women’s Day today, recognizing the global movement for women’s rights and the work of activists who have been central to the push for gender equality. The theme for this year’s Women’s Day is ‘Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives.’
  • 07 Mar 2018 - KABUL - Media can follow live the UN Security Council session on the Secretary-General’s latest Report on Afghanistan broadcast on UN WEB TV, scheduled to commence 10:00 New York local time (19:30 Kabul local) 8 March. The session will also be available as a downloadable video clip a few hours after the meeting.
  • 28 Feb 2018 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the Afghan government’s renewed call for unconditional peace talks with the Taliban and the outlining of a framework for peace, presented at the Kabul Process II conference in the Afghan capital today.
  • 22 Feb 2018 - KABUL – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the coming into force of Afghanistan’s new penal code, a milestone in the country’s criminal justice reform and a vital part of efforts to strengthen the rule of law. With the new penal code, Afghanistan has for the first time a comprehensive criminal code, complying with international treaty obligations in criminal justice and incorporating modern best practices in criminology.
  • 15 Feb 2018 - KABUL - More than 10,000 civilians lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, according to the latest annual UN report documenting the impact of the armed conflict on civilians in Afghanistan.
  • 27 Jan 2018 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 27January, which resulted in at least 95 people killed and 158 injured, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility. The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Afghanistan.

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