Press releases

  • 03 Apr 2020 - KABUL - As the United Nations ramps up its support to Afghanistan’s government and people in the fight against COVID-19, the Organization today confirms that a national staff member in Herat tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 27 Mar 2020 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place at the Dharamshala Sikh Temple in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 25 March 2020, which resulted in at least 25 people killed and many wounded, for which ISIL-K has claimed responsibility.
  • 26 Mar 2020 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns the attack today in Kabul on a Sikh-Hindu temple in which dozens of civilians were killed and injured. He expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.   The Secretary-General reiterates that attacks against civilians are unacceptable and those who carry out such crimes must be held accountable. 
  • 25 Mar 2020 - KABUL - Given the mounting number of incidents this month in which civilians have been killed and injured in the Afghan conflict, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urges all parties to further reduce levels of violence, to take all feasible measures to protect civilians and work towards a ceasefire and a lasting political settlement.
  • 25 Mar 2020 - NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Deborah Lyons of Canada as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). 
  • 21 Mar 2020 - KABUL - I depart Kabul with one wish, a wish that I share with millions of Afghans: for peace to return to Afghanistan. May 2020 be the year that the war ends and Afghans can look forward with hope to a peaceful and flourishing society that they so richly deserve.
  • 19 Mar 2020 - KABUL - The United Nations family extends warm regards to all Afghans on Nowruz as the country marks the beginning of spring and a new year. “The United Nations family joins Afghans in their celebrations and shares the hope of all Afghans that the new year will bring peace across the country,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
  • 09 Mar 2020 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) congratulates President Ashraf Ghani on the occasion of his inauguration today. The United Nations welcomes President Ghani’s commitment to national cohesion, to the formation of an inclusive government acceptable to all, and to fostering peace and economic growth.
  • 08 Mar 2020 - KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan marks International Women’s Day under the global theme of “I Am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” to leverage individual and collective efforts to make gender equality and women’s rights a living reality.
  • 06 Mar 2020 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack today in Kabul at a commemoration of the life of Afghan leader Abdul Ali Mazari. He expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Afghanistan. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. The Secretary-General reiterates that attacks against civilians are unacceptable and those who carry out such crimes must be held accountable.
  • 06 Mar 2020 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s attack in Kabul. Initial reports indicate that the attack killed nearly 30 civilians and injured many more, among them women and children.
  • 29 Feb 2020 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General welcomes efforts to achieve a lasting political settlement in Afghanistan. Today’s events in Doha and Kabul mark important developments in this regard. He expresses his appreciation to the State of Qatar for hosting the talks between the United States and the Taliban.
  • 29 Feb 2020 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the successful conclusion of a seven-day period of reduced violence, which is expected to lead to the start of intra-Afghan negotiations. “All stakeholders must now look to make genuine and concrete steps toward ending the war,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.
  • 22 Feb 2020 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is extremely concerned by the events that are ongoing to replace government officials. Resorting to force or any other unlawful means at the very time that efforts are ongoing to realize a reduction in violence – with the expectation that it can lead to the start of an intra-Afghan negotiations on peace – jeopardizes the population’s hope for peace.

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