UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), established by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1662 (2006), has had its life and scope extended by Resolution 1868 [1]

This is not the first UN presence in Afghanistan. The first mission, after the Taliban were ousted, was under Lakhdar Brahimi, whose local adviser was Ashraf Ghani.

The current envoy is Staffan de Mistura, who replaced Kai Eide. De Mistura is a long-term UN diplomat who is a dual citizen of Italy and Sweden.

Martin Kobler of Germany is Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan, who replaced Peter Galbraith of the United States. Robert Watkins, a Canadian and British citizen, is Deputy Special Representative for Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction (RRR).


Humanitarian assistance

A high priority is the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance. In addition, the UN sees a role in helping authorities protect internally displaced persons. From the UN side, this involves theOffice of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, working with the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC)

Governance

The latest resolution called on the Afghan Government and international organizations to fully implement the Afghanistan Compact and meet its benchmarks and timelines for progress in security, governance, the rule of law and human rights, socio-economic issues and counter-narcotics.

Election

The Security Council, recognizing UNAMA’s key role in supporting the 2009 Afghanistan presidential election, called for all efforts to ensure the credibility, safety and security of the ballot.

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