The Afghan government and the forces of the Taliban have announced that they will each observe a cease-fire over the Muslim Eid holiday this coming weekend. This action is unprecedented in the past 17 years of war.
MAHMUD-E-RAQI - Cooperation among political and social groups is essential for strengthening democracy and facilitating economic development across Afghanistan, said panellists in a UN-backed radio programme broadcast in the central province of Kapisa.
ASADABAD - Community-level peace efforts in eastern Afghanistan are demonstrating the power of consensus-building, even against the backdrop of the broader conflict playing out across the country, said panellists in a UN-backed programme broadcast out of the provincial capital of
PUL-E-KHUMRI - The active participation of young Afghans in democratic processes is crucial in creating a more stable, inclusive and peaceful country, said panellists during a UN-backed television programme focused on elections in the northeastern province of Baghlan.
MAIDAN SHAR - Improved access to justice is essential to socio-political stability and economic development, said participants at a recent UN-backed symposium set up to discuss implementing Afghanistan’s new penal code in the central province of Maidan Wardak.
HERAT - The top United Nations official in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, visited the country’s western province of Herat this week to meet first-hand with government officials and other community leaders to discuss several key issues, including elections and peace.
KABUL - As Afghanistan moves forward with efforts to hold key parliamentary and district elections on 20 October 2018, the Afghan public has taken an intense interest in the high stakes of the democratic process, which also will include a presidential vote in 2019.
KABUL - At an event hosted by top UN officials, prominent women’s rights activists and civil society leaders spoke out against Afghanistan’s traditional mediation practices, stressing that serious crimes against women and girls continue to go unpunished in the country’s justice s
TALOQAN - Government officials at a UN-backed symposium in Takhar’s capital city gathered with activists, professors and other community leaders to discuss recent efforts in the north-eastern province to improve protections for women’s rights.