KABUL - The United Nations, international embassies, donors and Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission met in Kabul today to ascertain support needs for the country’s 2009 presidential and provincial council elections.
KABUL - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, has urged a gathering of Afghan cabinet ministers and governors to continue efforts against poppy cultivation and praised provinces which are poppy-free.
KABUL - The Security Council today extended the United Nations presence in Afghanistan for another year, while recognizing the key role played by the world body in coordinating international efforts in the country and in supporting upcoming elections.
KABUL - International priorities in Afghanistan - including security, long-term institution-building and stability throughout the coming elections - remain valid, but what is lacking is adequate resources and political will, the top United Nations envoy to the strife-torn country
KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has kicked off a United Nations-backed polio vaccination drive targeting some 7.7 million children in Afghanistan, one of four countries, along with India, Nigeria and Pakistan, where the disease is still endemic.