Killings, Suffering of Afghanistan’s People ‘Must End Now’, Special Representative Tells Security Council, Demanding Greater Action by Global Community

23 Mar

Six months into Afghanistan’s latest round of peace talks, progress remains slow and demands strong support from the global community, the senior United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today, while also sounding alarm about soaring rates of violence that continue to hamper humanitarian efforts and erode public confidence more broadly.

Secretary-General Appoints Jean Arnault of France Personal Envoy on Afghanistan and Regional Issues

18 Mar

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Jean Arnault of France as his Personal Envoy on Afghanistan and Regional Issues.  The Secretary-General has asked Mr. Arnault to assist in the achievement of a political solution to the conflict, working closely with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and regional partners.

Secretary-General appoints Mette Knudsen of Denmark Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan

7 Jan

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Mette Knudsen of Denmark as his new Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Secretary-General Appoints Ramiz Alakbarov of Azerbaijan Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan

21 Dec

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ramiz Alakbarov of Azerbaijan as his new Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), serving also as the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.

Amid Promising Developments in Afghan Peace Talk, Relentless Increase of Violence Putting Future Progress at Risk, Special Representative Warns Security Council

17 Dec

Reporting on promising developments in peace talks between the Government of Afghanistan and its Taliban opposition, the top United Nations official for the country warned the Security Council during a 17 December videoconference meeting that future progress is imperilled by a relentless upsurge in violence which requires urgent international attention.

Adopting Annual Resolution on Afghanistan, General Assembly Commends Progress in Peace Talks while Voicing Concern over Chronic Terrorist Violence

10 Dec

Citing the threat posed by chronic terrorist violence in Afghanistan, delegates commended fresh progress in peace talks and exchanged views on the best way to help the nation move into a new era of stability and prosperity, as the General Assembly adopted, by a recorded vote, its annual resolution on the situation in the country.

Spotlight Initiative for Central Asia, Afghanistan Will Tackle Gender-Based Violence, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Launch Event

8 Dec

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message, “Together to End Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in Central Asia and Afghanistan”, at the high‑level launch event of the Spotlight Initiative Regional Programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan, today: