Press releases

  • 20 May 2019 - KABUL - Continued focus and effort are essential for building on the progress made in implementing Afghanistan’s anti-corruption strategy, finds a new United Nations report released today.
  • 13 May 2019 - KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expresses grave concern about the impact on civilians from the increase in violence around the country during the first week of the holy month of Ramadan. UNAMA condemns Taliban for incidents in which civilians have been deliberately targeted, such as the 8 May attack in Kabul against a non-governmental organization, Counterpart International. Six civilians were killed and a further 28 injured.
  • 05 May 2019 - KABUL - On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan I extend my warmest wishes to all Afghans as the holy month of Ramadan begins. The period ahead is a special time of prayer and reflection for Afghans, as well as a time to show compassion for those most affected by the conflict in the country.
  • 26 Apr 2019 - KABUL - The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, yesterday met with Mullah Baradar Akhund and the Taliban negotiating team in Doha. The meeting was part of a regular dialogue between the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Taliban on human rights, humanitarian assistance, and the peace process.
  • 24 Apr 2019 - KABUL - UNAMA today released its Quarterly Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: 1 January to 31 March 2019. For the full report in English, Dari and Pashto and for more detailed information, please consult the UNAMA annual and mid-year reports on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict available at:  
  • 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.