Press releases

  • 17 Apr 2019 - KABUL - In its latest report on the treatment of conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan published today, the UN documents an encouraging reduction in the number of cases of torture since 2016 but notes its ongoing concern at the high number of detainees who continue to report torture and ill-treatment.
  • 16 Apr 2019 - NEW YORK - The members of the Security Council condemned the announcement by the Taliban of a spring offensive, which will only result in more unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people.
  • 25 Mar 2019 - KABUL - An airstrike conducted by international military forces on the night of Friday to Saturday in Kunduz in support of pro-Government forces on the ground killed 13 civilians and injured three more, according to preliminary findings of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
  • 24 Mar 2019 - KABUL – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the attack carried out Saturday during celebrations around Nowruz in the southern town of Lashkar Gah, Helmand province. Initial findings indicate that at least three civilians were killed and dozens were injured in an attack that deliberately targeted local civilian government officials.
  • 20 Mar 2019 - 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.
  • 14 Mar 2019 - KABUL - UNAMA takes note of the recent decision by the Afghan Government to address reports of civilian casualties apparently caused by pro-Government forces in three separate incidents on 8 and 9 March in Maidan Wardak, Nangarhar and Paktika provinces, including the instruction of the President for a review of mechanisms and procedures used in military operations with a view to preventing civilian casualties.
  • 08 Mar 2019 - KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan marks International Women’s Day, which is being observed globally under the theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,” putting innovation at the centre of efforts to build solutions that work for women and girls and achieve gender equality.
  • 24 Feb 2019 - KABUL – More civilians were killed in the Afghan conflict last year than at any time since records have been kept, according to a United Nations report released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office. The report documented 3,804 civilian deaths in 2018. Among the dead were 927 children, the highest recorded number of boys and girls killed in the conflict during a single year.
  • 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 (, 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).