Press releases

  • 31 May 2017 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the Wazir Akbar Khan area in Kabul on 31 May 2017, which resulted in more than 80 deaths and at least 350 injuries, almost all of them civilians, including women, children and members of the media.
  • 31 May 2017 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack in the city's diplomatic district in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. The Secretary-General expressed his abhorrence at this act and underlined the need to reinforce the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
  • 31 May 2017 - KABUL, 31 May 2017 - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s indiscriminate suicide attack in downtown Kabul that killed at least 65 people and injured more than 300, mostly civilians. Casualty numbers are expected to rise. UNAMA expresses its condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the attack and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
  • 25 May 2017 - KABUL - On Thursday afternoon, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) received a petition requesting justice for the victims of crimes allegedly committed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
  • 25 May 2017 - KABUL - As the holy Islamic month of Ramadan begins, I would like to extend, on behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, warmest wishes to all Afghans in the country and abroad. The coming weeks will be a special time of prayer and reflection for Afghans, and a time of contemplation and compassion to reflect on the condition of those who have been affected by the prolonged conflict in the country.
  • 16 May 2017 - KABUL - The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, today held an introductory meeting in Kabul with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The meeting took place as part of the United Nations support to the Afghan Government’s efforts to engage all those interested in establishing equitable peace.
  • 15 May 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is deeply concerned by the continued increase in conflict-related child deaths in 2017 and urges parties to the conflict to take immediate measures to reduce harm.  
  • 15 May 2017 - KABUL - Afghan women from the across the country gathered today to discuss their experiences, vision and contribution to peace in the country at the Fourth Kabul Symposium “Afghan Women; Messengers of Peace” hosted by Afghanistan’s First Lady.
  • 07 May 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the visit this week of a team of experts to conduct a Security Council-requested strategic review of the Mission and its work.
  • 03 May 2017 - NEW YORK - Journalists go to the most dangerous places to give voice to the voiceless. Media workers suffer character assassination, sexual assault, detention, injuries and even death. We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation. And we need everyone to stand for our right to truth.
  • 01 May 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is encouraged by progress on peace in Afghanistan, as most recently signalled by the agreement between the Government of Afghanistan and Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin, and the peaceful return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Afghanistan. UNAMA supports the efforts by Afghanistan’s National Unity Government to engage all those interested in establishing an equitable peace and renouncing violence for good.
  • 27 Apr 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urges all parties to the conflict to take immediate and concrete measures to better protect civilians from harm, as the latest data for 2017 released today by UNAMA shows continued high numbers of civilian casualties. 
  • 25 Apr 2017 - KABUL - Afghanistan authorities have made headway in their fight against corruption while enormous challenges remain, finds a new United Nations report released today.
  • 24 Apr 2017 - GENEVA/KABUL - Conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan continue to face torture and ill-treatment in government detention facilities, a UN report released today has found. The report also says that the Afghan Government has committed to fully eliminating the practice.