4 April 2009 - I have visited many countries that face the scourge of landmines. I have seen the devastation caused by these indiscriminate weapons, which hamper reconstruction, damage the environment and cause grievous injuries and death for decades after conflicts end.
1 April 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s suicide attacks in southern Afghanistan, in which two people were reportedly killed and a large number of civilians injured, including one staff member serving with the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA).
KABUL - Too much is at stake for Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential elections to be flawed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling on the international community to support efforts to consolidate stability in the war-torn nation.
KABUL - Delegates at a meeting in The Hague agreed on Tuesday to a significant sharpening of rebuilding in Afghanistan, emphasizing the centrality of Afghan ownership and stepping up focus on implementation.
KABUL - Of all the tragic stories surrounding de-mining in Afghanistan one sticks out for the people of Baghlan in the north east of the country when 15 children were injured after they tried to sell a piece of unexploded ordinance in exchange for ice cream.
KABUL - Terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and organized crime are seriously impeding progress in Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling for greater international cooperation to help the country tackle these challenges.