Press releases

  • 08 Feb 2017 - NEW YORK -The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack, which occurred on 7 February outside the Supreme Court in Kabul and resulted in at least 21 people killed and more than 40 wounded.
  • 07 Feb 2017 - NEW YORK - We condemn today’s suicide attack outside the Supreme Court complex in Kabul. We express our condolences to the families of the victims and convey our solidarity to the Government and people of Afghanistan.
  • 06 Feb 2017 - KABUL - The United Nations called on all warring parties in Afghanistan to take urgent steps to halt the killing and maiming of civilians, as a new UN report issued today recorded the highest ever number of civilian casualties in a single year, including record figures for children killed and injured in 2016.
  • 31 Jan 2017 - NEW YORK - On my way back from Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbours, many times in dramatic security situations, I want to state the following:
  • 31 Jan 2017 - NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Toby Lanzer of the United Kingdom as his Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • 27 Jan 2017 - KABUL - The United Nations remains firmly committed to Afghanistan and its people, said Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, following a four-day visit to Afghanistan that concluded Friday. Mr Jenča met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, the recently appointed electoral commissioners, government officials, women leaders, and the diplomatic community.
  • 12 Jan 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 10 January 2017, which resulted in more than 120 people killed or injured, and the suicide bomb attack in Helmand, in which more than 13 were killed or injured, both of which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.
  • 11 Jan 2017 - KABUL - UNAMA condemns yesterday’s Kabul and Kandahar attacks that claimed the lives of more than 40 people, mainly civilians and including representatives of the diplomatic community.
  • 11 Jan 2017 - NEW YORK - The United Nations condemns the terrorist attacks near the Afghan Parliament in Kabul and the residence of the Provincial Governor of Kandahar. The despicable attacks reportedly killed dozens of people. The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Afghanistan and the Governor of Kandahar are reported to be among the injured.
  • 01 Jan 2017 - NEW YORK - On my first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighs heavily on my heart. How can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight? Civilians are pounded with deadly force. Women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. Even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.
  • 18 Dec 2016 - KABUL - The UN Security Council has scheduled the next briefing to discuss the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon latest report on the situation in Afghanistan. The report is available here.
  • 13 Dec 2016 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the Afghan Government’s commitment to investigate the alleged human rights violations committed against the politician, Mr. Ahmad Ishchi. Mr. Ishchi reports he was illegally detained and severely maltreated by security officials acting under the authority of the First Vice President, Abdul Rashid Dostum.
  • 10 Dec 2016 - KABUL -  Marking International Human Rights Day, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spotlighted the crucial work of Afghan human rights defenders and joined the call for all citizens to stand up to protect the rights of vulnerable women, men, and children. At a UNAMA-sponsored event on Thursday in Kabul, leading human rights defenders described how Afghanistan’s armed conflict had made their work more challenging, but all the more essential.
  • 04 Dec 2016 - KABUL - A new United Nations report released today indicates positive trends in Afghanistan’s juvenile detention and rehabilitation facilities while also outlining a critical need to improve in-detention education and post-rehabilitation care for young Afghans.

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