Press releases

  • 24 Jul 2017 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in Kabul on 24 July 2017, which resulted in more than 70 people killed or injured, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility. They expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Afghanistan and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.
  • 24 Jul 2017 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrifying bomb attack in Kabul today, responsibility for which was claimed by the Taliban. The deliberate targeting of civilians constitutes a grave violation of human rights and international humanitarian law and may constitute a war crime.The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.
  • 24 Jul 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s deadly Kabul suicide attack, which has occurred in the context of a countrywide intensification of violence impacting civilians. This morning’s attack comes amid commemorations of the 23 July 2016 Dehmazang square attack, which killed and injured hundreds of demonstrators who were exercising their right to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.
  • 17 Jul 2017 - KABUL - The number of civilians killed and injured in the Afghanistan conflict during the first six months of 2017 persisted at the same record high levels as last year, according to a mid-year report from the United Nations. Extreme harm to civilians continued amid a worsening toll from suicide attacks, and a greater impact on women and children.
  • 09 Jul 2017 - KABUL - The Government of Afghanistan, the International Community and representatives from Afghanistan’s civil society and private sector met today to discuss progress and achievements in Afghanistan’s development and reform agenda, and to reaffirm their partnership and commitment to the country’s long term development.
  • 24 Jun 2017 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I wish all Afghans Eid Mubarak. As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr after a month of fasting and worship, I hope that families around Afghanistan will be able to come together in peace, in an environment free of fear and violence.
  • 22 Jun 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes today’s announcement by the Independent Election Commission that parliamentary and district council elections will take place on 7 July 2018.
  • 21 Jun 2017 - KABUL - The UN Security Council has scheduled the next briefing to discuss the UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ latest report on the situation in Afghanistan. The report is available here.
  • 13 Jun 2017 - NEW YORK - Upon taking up my duties as Secretary-General in January of this year, my very first act was to issue an appeal for peace -- a call on citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to put peace first.
  • 12 Jun 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes Under-Secretary-General Ján Kubiš to Kabul today at the start of his two-day visit to the Afghan capital in the interest of completing a Security Council-requested strategic review of UNAMA and its work.
  • 06 Jun 2017 - KABUL - The Kabul Process organised at the initiative of Afghanistan signals strong ownership of the peace efforts that have implications for both Afghanistan and the region, said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan at today’s ‘Kabul Process on Peace and Security Cooperation’ meeting, where stakeholders from 26 countries and organizations took the opportunity to establish important steps toward cooperation on crucial issues surrounding peace and
  • 03 Jun 2017 - KABUL - I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to family and friends of the victims, all civilians, who once again suffered indescribable loss today. Today’s attack on a peaceful funeral procession is morally reprehensible and bereft of humanity.
  • 02 Jun 2017 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is deeply concerned that today’s protests have led to more violence and loss of life following Wednesday’s terrorist attack that caused hundreds of civilian casualties.
  • 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.