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21 Sep 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Feature Story

Midwifery helpline offers emergency support in Afghanistan

SAYED KHEL, Afghanistan – “It was seven in the morning, and I had not yet started my working day, when Hafsa* was brought to the clinic with normal labour pains,” said Mahbooba, a 27-year-old midwife who runs the Aqtash clinic in Afghanistan’s rural Sayed Khel District.

20 Sep 2017 description

Country Operations

In 2018, there will be Humanitarian Response Plans in 23 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, Cameroon, CAR, DRC, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. The HRPs for Cameroon, Chad, CAR, DRC, Somalia, Haiti, Sudan, Nigeria (and potentially Niger and Afghanistan) will be multi-year Plans.

Deadline for Completion

20 Sep 2017 description

By Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour to be here today, and to share the floor with such distinguished colleagues - with whom UNHCR has enjoyed a strong collaboration for many years.

The New York Declaration resonated as a bold step forward for a world struggling to meet the challenges of large-scale refugee flows, and increasingly complex migratory movements.

20 Sep 2017 description

In August 2017, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 3,173 deaths and injuries from explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 70% (2,228) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

At least one death or injury from explosive violence was recorded in 26 countries and territories last month. The five worst impacted countries were Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and Iraq according to civilian casualties.

20 Sep 2017 description

KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes today’s launch of the National Electoral Forum by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as an important step towards elections seen as credible, transparent, and inclusive in the eyes of the Afghan people.

The forum is intended as a series of regular and meaningful consultations to build consensus on the way forward for elections. Today’s event in Kabul brought together electoral commissioners with political stakeholders, civil society and others.

20 Sep 2017 description

Update on assisted voluntary repatriation to Afghanistan

  • 2,480 refugee returnees were assisted upon their arrival in Afghanistan from 22 to 31 July.
    Since the beginning of the return operation 42,161 refugee returnees were assisted.

  • Majority of refugees are coming from Pakistan (41,533) and smaller numbers from Iran (533) and other countries (95).

  • The second Jirga delegation of refugee representatives from Pakistan was received by Afghan President in Kabul on 29-30 July.

20 Sep 2017 description

Update on assisted voluntary repatriation to Afghanistan

  • 33,733 refugee returnees arrived at UNHCR’s Encashment Centres in Jalalabad, Kandahar and Kabul from the beginning of return operation on 4 April until 30 June 2017

  • Refugees have been assisted to return in 2017, with an overwhelming majority from Pakistan (33,325) and smaller numbers from Iran (319) and other countries (89).

  • About 58% of refugee returnees are under 18 years old. Among them, more than 11,000 children are in schooling age.

20 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Les États Membres entre la nécessité de « réapprendre la complexité du dialogue » ou « agir par soi-même sans attendre l’appui de bureaucraties »

19 Sep 2017 description

After fleeing Afghanistan and finding sanctuary in Germany, refugees are helping to bring the game of cricket to their adopted home.

By Helen Womack and Gordon Welters in Bremen, Germany

On a lush green field in northern Germany, Afghan refugees are playing cricket. Haidar spins the ball to Masih, who bats it to midwicket, where Farooq stands hopeful of a catch.

19 Sep 2017 description
report UN News Service

19 September 2017 – Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all.

19 Sep 2017 description


Affected areas: Chittagong, Dhaka, Khulna, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Sylhet divisions

Cause of displacement Disaster:

Figures More than 427,000 new disaster displacements between 12 August and 4 September


19 Sep 2017 description

Pakistan – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is backing a Pakistan government initiative to register up to a million unregistered Afghans believed to be living in Pakistan.

The documentation process, which was approved by Pakistan’s cabinet in February as part of the country’s Policy on the Repatriation and Management of Afghans, started on August 16th and has now registered some 70,000 Afghans.

19 Sep 2017 description

Vienna, Austria, September 19, 2017. The 160th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved nearly US$250 million of new development funding to benefit developing countries across the globe.