NILI - Community elders, civil society activists, religious scholars and media representatives in the central highlands province of Daikundi gathered at a UN-backed symposium to strategize on ways to promote social cohesion, both locally and nationally, in the interest of advancing peace.
More than 20 community leaders attended the event, organized by UNAMA’s Bamyan regional office, to exchange ideas about the main factors affecting social cohesion in the province and across Afghanistan, and to chart out possible next steps toward peace.
NEW YORK - The UN’s top envoy in Afghanistan said the possibility of a negotiated end to the conflict in Afghanistan has never been more real in the past 17 years than it is now.
Tadamichi Yamamoto told the Security Council he is encouraged by several recent developments, including the appointment of a team to negotiate with the Taliban, the announcement of a peace advisory board representing a broad set of Afghan politicians and recent initiatives by key international partners.
KUNDUZ - An ongoing countrywide campaign is underscoring the importance of media freedom and access to information as essential tools that can help foster peace and uphold human rights in Afghanistan.
KANDAHAR - The importance of protecting the rights and well-being of children in the ongoing conflict came to life during several UN-backed events in Kandahar and Kunduz in recent weeks.
Hundreds of community members, including women and children, gathered in several districts of the southern province of Kandahar to watch theatrical performances organized by UNAMA’s regional office there, with the goal of helping audiences reflect on their roles and responsibilities as parents, teachers and community members in making the province a safer place.
KABUL - To support efforts by Afghanistan’s communities and institutions in ending all forms of violence against women and girls, UNAMA’s regional offices organised a series of events and programmes across the country for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
As part of the campaign, religious leaders, civil society members, human rights activists, legal professionals and government officials came together to call for an end to harmful traditional practices and to speak out against gender-based violence.