Press releases

  • 18 Jan 2019 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Sima Samar and Mr. Juan Gabriel Valdés to his High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.  Ms. Samar and Mr. Valdés succeed Ms. Michelle Bachelet and Mr. José Manuel Ramos-Horta, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for their valued expertise during their membership of the Board. 
  • 31 Dec 2018 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) notes the announcement by Afghan electoral authorities for the presidential election to be held in July 2019 and welcomes the clarity in the electoral calendar.
  • 26 Dec 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 24 December, targeting a government building, which resulted in at least 43 people killed and 27 people injured.
  • 25 Dec 2018 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the attack carried out last night in an area of Kabul city heavily populated by civilians. The Mission is actively working to verify information indicating scores of civilians, including women, were killed and injured in a coordinated attack in and around government offices.
  • 16 Dec 2018 - KABUL - Media can follow the live broadcast of the UN Security Council session on the Secretary-General’s latest Report on Afghanistan on UN WebTV (http://webtv.un.org), scheduled to commence 10:00 New York local time (19:30 Kabul local) 17 December. The session will also be available as a viewable video clip a few hours after the meeting in the WebTV feed.
  • 11 Dec 2018 - NEW YORK - The Members of the Security Council welcomed the outcome of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan on 27-28 November, co-hosted by the government of Afghanistan and the United Nations, which renewed the partnership and cooperation of the government of Afghanistan and the international community for Afghanistan’s peace, prosperity and self-reliance midway through the Transformation Decade (2015-2024).
  • 10 Dec 2018 - KABUL - Marking International Human Rights Day, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) underscores the enduring importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on its 70th anniversary and renews its call to protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in Afghanistan.
  • 09 Dec 2018 - KABUL - The United Nations marked International Anti-Corruption Day in Kabul by reaffirming its support to Afghanistan’s anti-corruption initiatives and by highlighting the ongoing need to accelerate reform in the interest of improving the lives of all Afghans.
  • 04 Dec 2018 - KABUL - Women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in peace processes was the focus of this year’s Afghanistan-wide Global Open Days events, a series of nationwide dialogues around women, peace and security.
  • 29 Nov 2018 - KABUL - Preliminary findings from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) indicate that as many as 23 civilians were killed and three injured Tuesday in an airstrike in Garmser district of Helmand province during operations conducted by pro-government forces against Taliban in the area.
  • 25 Nov 2018 - KABUL - Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the United Nations in Afghanistan calls on everyone to respect, promote and protect the rights of women and girls to end violence against women.
  • 21 Nov 2018 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I unequivocally condemn yesterday’s attack in which scores of civilians were killed and injured. The facts in this incident are clear. The explosion occurred last night at an event facility where religious leaders had gathered peacefully to mark a day of special significance. I reiterate that under no circumstances are such attacks justifiable.
  • 21 Nov 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 20 November, targeting a gathering of religious scholars, which resulted in at least 55 people killed and more than 60 people injured.
  • 21 Nov 2018 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attack targeting Afghans gathered in Kabul to celebrate a day of special religious significance.  The deliberate targeting of civilians is a clear violation of international humanitarian law. Every effort should be made to bring perpetrators to justice.

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