KABUL - The Secretary-General welcomes the renewal today of the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
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.
20 March 2009 - Mazar-i-Sharif is the iconic and popular host for the New Year celebrations in Afghanistan as it’s known as Umulbelad or Mother of Cities. Mazar, the capital of Balkh province, is popular because of the Shrine of Hazrat Ali (the Blue Mosque).
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
19 March 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will embark next week on a trip that will take him to Russia, Qatar, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France and Turkey to tackle issues such as consolidating stability in Afghanistan, the Middle East peace process and the current economic turmoil
19 March 2009 - The remains of the former President of Afghanistan Mohammad Daoud Khan and 16 members of his family have been buried with full honours in Kabul. On 28 April 1978 Kabul woke up not even guessing what would happen for the next thirty years in the 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.
15 January 2009 - Women in the world’s least developed countries are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries, according to UNICEF’s latest State of the World’s Children report, released today.
1 February 2009 - 2009 looks set to witness a further decrease in opium cultivation in Afghanistan, according to a joint report of the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.