Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions about UNAMA. For additional information, please contact us.

What kind of UN mission is UNAMA?

UNAMA is a political mission directed and supported by the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA). As an ‘integrated’ Mission, UNAMA has two main areas of activities: political affairs, and development and humanitarian issues.

What is UNAMA's role in Afghanistan?

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is a political mission established by the UN Security Council in March 2002 at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

On 16 March 2015, the 15-member UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2210 (2015), which renewed the mandate of UNAMA and set out the scope and range of activities of the Mission for the following year. It is expected that the UNAMA mandate will be renewed in March 2016.

The March 2015 Resolution calls for UNAMA and the Special Representative to continue leading and coordinating international civilian efforts in assisting Afghanistan, guided by the principle of reinforcing Afghan sovereignty, leadership and ownership. In doing so, the resolution calls upon UNAMA and the Special Representative to promote more coherent support by the international community to the Government of Afghanistan’s development and governance priorities.

UNAMA provides political good offices in Afghanistan; works with and supports the government; supports the process of peace and reconciliation; monitors and promotes human rights and the protection of civilians in armed conflict; promotes good governance; and encourages regional cooperation.

How big is UNAMA?

UNAMA maintains a permanent field presence in 12 provinces across Afghanistan and liaison offices in Islamabad (Pakistan) and Tehran (Iran). The Mission has offices in Bamyan, Faizabad, Farah, Gardez, Herat, Jalalabad, Kabul, Kandahar, Maimana, Mazar-e-Sharif and Pul-e-Khumri. The Kunduz office will reopen in 2016. In 2016 staff numbers are expected to stand at: 376 international, 1,163 national and 79 UN Volunteers.

What is the budget of UNAMA?

The expected budget for 2016 is approximately US$183 million.

How long is the UN-Afghanistan relationship?

The United Nations and Afghanistan have a longstanding partnership, with Afghanistan  becoming a member of the world body in 1946. Afghanistan has played a part in some historic moments, such as its vote for the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.  

The world body’s work in Afghanistan dates back to 1949 when the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) began operations here. The World Food Programme (WFP) has been working in the country since 1963, while the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has been working in Afghanistan continuously since 1966. 

After the fall of the Taliban and with the establishment of an interim government, the Security Council in 2002 established a political mission known as the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which continues its annually mandated work to support the government and people of Afghanistan. The UN has a long-term view to work with the government and the people of Afghanistan to lay the foundations for sustainable peace and development.

How does UNAMA work with United Nations agencies?

Through the UN Country Team, UNAMA works with other UN agencies, funds and programmes in Afghanistan, to achieve greater coherence, enhanced coordination with relevant stakeholders active in the development and humanitarian field and full alignment with the Government’s national priorities. There are currently more than 20 UN agencies, funds and programmes in Afghanistan including non-resident agencies. 

What is UNAMA's relationship with the Government of Afghanistan?

UNAMA was established in 2002 at the request of the Government of Afghanistan to assist it and the people of Afghanistan in laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development. The Mission supports the government on a wide variety of issues, most especially in Afghanistan’s full assumption of leadership and ownership in the areas of security, governance and development.