Press releases

  • 19 Sep 2019 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the continuing high number of attacks in Afghanistan in recent weeks, and, most lately, in Qalat, Zabul Province on 19 September, which resulted in at least 20 people killed and more than 95 injured, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility.
  • 17 Sep 2019 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide attacks today at an election campaign rally in Parwan Province and a public square in Kabul, Afghanistan, which caused numerous civilian casualties. He expresses his deep sympathies to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Afghanistan.
  • 16 Sep 2019 - KABUL – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) recognizes the efforts of the Afghan electoral authorities, as well as security forces and others, in preparing 28 September presidential elections under challenging circumstances.
  • 08 Sep 2019 - KABUL - Media can follow the live broadcast of the UN Security Council session on the Secretary-General’s latest report on Afghanistan on UN Web TV (http://webtv.un.org), scheduled to commence Tuesday 10 September, at 10:00 New York local time (18:30 Kabul local). The session will also be available as a viewable video clip, a few hours after the meeting, in the Web TV feed.
  • 03 Sep 2019 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns yesterday’s attack in Kabul by the Taliban. Such indiscriminate attacks can never be justified. The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
  • 03 Sep 2019 - KABUL - The violence this week across Afghanistan underscores the urgency of ending the conflict through a negotiated settlement. The suffering of the Afghan people must end. I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to family and friends of the victims, all civilians, who once again suffered indescribable loss in the recent violence in northeast Afghanistan, in Kabul and elsewhere across the country.
  • 20 Aug 2019 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack on a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 17 August 2019, which resulted in more than 70 civilians killed and 180 civilians injured, for which the so-called “Islamic State Khorasan Province” has claimed responsibility.
  • 19 Aug 2019 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I wish to congratulate all Afghans as they celebrate 100 years of their country’s independence. The United Nations shares in the pride of all Afghans who, despite many decades of conflict, remain steadfast in their pursuit of a nation that is stable, peaceful and prosperous, and that upholds the human rights of all its citizens, women and men alike.
  • 18 Aug 2019 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrific 17 August terrorist attack on a wedding ceremony in Kabul, claiming the lives of 63 people and injuring over 180. The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and the Government and people of Afghanistan. He wishes a swift recovery to those injured.  
  • 18 Aug 2019 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns last night’s Kabul attack that initial reports indicate killed scores of civilians and injured many more, among them women and children.
  • 10 Aug 2019 - KABUL - As we prepare to mark the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, I wish all Afghans a peaceful and joyous celebration. I hope that families around Afghanistan will be able to come together and celebrate Eid in an environment free of fear and violence. To allow all Afghans to commemorate this auspicious celebration, I urge all parties to demonstrate good will, to respect this time of joy and tolerance and to refrain from violence.
  • 07 Aug 2019 - KABUL - The United Nations expresses deep concern at the Taliban’s stated threat to target civilians participating in the 28 September presidential election process.
  • 03 Aug 2019 - KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan reminds all parties to the conflict of their responsibility to protect civilians and to comply with their obligations under international law, as the latest UN documentation shows that civilian casualty rates returned to record high levels in the month of July.
  • 01 Aug 2019 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack on a bus full of civilians traveling along the Kandahar-Herat Highway in Western Afghanistan on 31 July 2019, which resulted in at least 34 people killed and more than a dozen injured.

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