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03 Dec 2003 description
report UN General Assembly


A/58/616
Fifty-eighth session
Agenda items 28 and 40 (f)

Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: emergency international assistance for peace, normalcy and reconstruction of war-stricken Afghanistan

The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security

Emergency international assistance for peace, normalcy and reconstruction of war-stricken Afghanistan

03 Dec 2003 description

It could take up to six years before the north of the country is rid of the deadly menace.

03 Dec 2003 description

WASHINGTON, Dec.3, 2003 - Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced plans for $115 million in foreign assistance under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's fiscal 2004 Food for Progress program. These allocations include donations for 22 developing countries in Africa, Asia (including Central Asia), Latin America and Eastern Europe.

03 Dec 2003 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10213
Fifty-eighth General Assembly
Plenary
68th Meeting (AM)

Also Appoints Seven Members to Committee on Conferences

Convinced that achieving a final and peaceful settlement to the question of Palestine - the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict - was imperative to comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East, the General Assembly this morning adopted a series of resolutions reaffirming international commitment to the Road Map peace plan and to the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

03 Dec 2003 description

By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Efforts to disarm rival armed factions in the north of Afghanistan have achieved mixed results, with one commander handing over at least 50 tanks and his rival only three, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.

Defence Ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi said factional leader General Abdul Rashid Dostum had said he agreed in principle to the disarmament plan for the north but argued it should be launched at the same time as in other provinces.

03 Dec 2003 description

LORALAI, Pakistan (UNHCR) - Almost unnoticed amid the efforts to repatriate Afghan refugees and care for the last wave to arrive in Pakistan, the UN refugee agency continues to watch over nearly a million other Afghan refugees who have been here for up to 24 years.

03 Dec 2003 description

DUBAI, Dec 3 (UNHCR) - Government officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan meeting together with senior UNHCR staff today in the third tripartite meeting to discuss refugee repatriation said that security in Afghanistan is an absolute requirement for the resumption of returns and a successful repatriation.

03 Dec 2003 description

Data source: Food prepositioning data from WFP, USAID
Areas potentially blocked by snow data from AIMS, UNJLC
Snow and temperature data from NOAA

03 Dec 2003 description

SALANG, 3 December (IRIN) - Aziz Agha, a driver, told IRIN that since the closure of the Salang tunnel in July it had been taking him five days to drive his 20,000-litre diesel tanker south to the capital, Kabul, from the northern city of Heyratan along unmade roads across the Hindu Kush mountains. Now, this key route via the tunnel has been partially reopened, coinciding with the blocking of the high passes by snow and ice. "It is only a day and half now that the tunnel has been reopened," the 35-year- old said in Salang.

02 Dec 2003 description
report Kuwait News Agency

KUWAIT, Dec 2 (KUNA) -- The Kuwait Red Crscent Society on Tuesday announced that it would help Afghan people facing difficult living conditions during the winter season by construction of housing units.

A society statement, copy of which KUNA received today, said the society would finance the full construction of refugee camps, this would take place in cooperation with the Afghan Red Crescent Society and the UN High Commission for Refugee Affairs, said the statement.

The project came upon direct orders of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society Barjes AL-Brjes, said the statment, …

02 Dec 2003 description
report War Child UK

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)

02 Dec 2003 description

After months of delay, the UN campaign is beginning to yield small successes. But top commanders are reluctant to turn in guns.

By Ilene R. Prusher - Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN -- Islamuddin has been a soldier for nearly half his life - and he is only 22.

Now, the young man whose education had primarily consisted of how to handle a kalashnikov has agreed to turn in his weapon in exchange for $200, household food staples, and training for a new career.

02 Dec 2003 description

KONDUZ, 2 December (IRIN) - Murad Khan, a farmer, waited patiently in a long queue on Tuesday. He was lining up to register as a voter, keen to take part in the first democratic initiative in Afghanistan in more than a generation, as UN-backed voter registration got under way in the northeastern city of Konduz for the country's national elections due to be held next year.

01 Dec 2003 description

Afghanistan, the district Shib Koh in the province Farah: In summer 2003 this district became victim of a terrible sandstorm. Huge parts of this region were buried under sand. An economic disaster for this region!

01 Dec 2003 description

Kabul, 1 December 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The United States has established a military reconstruction team in the western Afghan province of Herat bordering Iran. U.S. military spokesman Bryan Hilferty said the 50-member group began operating in Herat today and will also oversee projects in three neighboring provinces.

01 Dec 2003 description
report UN News Service

Voter registration starts this week in eight cities across Afghanistan ahead of the country's national elections next year, according to the United Nations mission there.

01 Dec 2003 description
report UN Children's Fund


AFGHANISTAN
Appeal status: 52% funded

Priority action for children: Accelerating Girls Education in Afghanistan