09 Jun 2018 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the Taliban of a three-day partial ceasefire during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. This follows the recent announcement by the Government of Afghanistan that it will begin a seven-day ceasefire during the upcoming holiday.
The Secretary-General strongly believes that there is no military solution to this conflict and that only a political settlement can bring an end to the suffering in Afghanistan.
07 Jun 2018 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the Government of Afghanistan of a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
The Secretary-General urges the Taliban to reciprocate the temporary ceasefire and accept President Ashraf Ghani’s peace offer to commence direct talks to bring an end to the long suffering of the Afghan people.
05 Jun 2018 - KABUL - The attack against a group of religious leaders peacefully gathered in Kabul to issue a joint declaration that would contribute to a safer and more secure Afghanistan is totally unacceptable. I am outraged by this attack and condemn it. I continue to be outraged at those extremist groups seeking to derail efforts made in the interest of peace.
05 Jun 2018 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns the suicide attack in Kabul today that targeted religious scholars, who had gathered from across the country to promote peace in Afghanistan. A number of civilian causalities are reported.
The Secretary-General reiterates that no cause can justify such violence. Targeting civilians in this way is a clear violation of international law, including international human rights law.
29 May 2018 - KABUL - A law on the elimination of violence against women has been in place in Afghanistan since 2009, but Afghan women’s access to justice remains severely inadequate, finds a new report released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
24 May 2018 - KABUL - The United Nations in Afghanistan welcomes the release in Kabul of a colleague and her child held hostage since January, while expressing outrage at their abduction and the earlier murder of another colleague who was also seized during the same incident.
The release of the woman and her young son is of enormous relief to their loved ones, colleagues and to the entire UN family in Afghanistan.
19 May 2018 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns yesterday’s attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Attacks targeting civilians are grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and can never be justified.
The United Nations maintains that all parties to the conflict must at all times uphold their obligations to protect civilians from harm.
16 May 2018 - KABUL - As the Islamic month of Ramadan begins, I would like to extend, on behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, warmest wishes to all Afghans in the country and abroad.
The coming weeks will be a special time of prayer and reflection for Afghans, and a time of contemplation and compassion to reflect on the condition of those who have been affected by the prolonged conflict in the country.
15 May 2018 - KABUL - Adopting a new anti-corruption strategy and implementing several initiatives in a broad anti-corruption agenda demonstrate Afghanistan’s commitment to countering corruption, finds a new United Nations report released today.
11 May 2018 - NEW YORK/GENEVA/KABUL - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour has welcomed what he called the “undeniable commitment” by the Afghan Government to improve what has long been a dire human rights situation.
10 May 2018 - KABUL - A new report released today by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) details a disturbing pattern of attacks at election-related facilities following the commencement of voter registration for the October 2018 polls.