UN votes to secure formal presence in Taliban, ruled Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution to secure a formal presence in Afghanistan, whose Taliban government remains unrecognised by the international community. The resolution, without using the word Taliban, spells out a new one year mandate for the UN political mission in Afghanistan, calling it crucial to peace. The vote was 14 in favour, with one abstention, by Russia. The resolution includes several strands of cooperation, on the humanitarian, political and human rights fronts, including those of women, children and journalists. This new mandate for UNAMA [the UN mission to Afghanistan] is crucial not only to respond to the immediate humanitarian and economic crisis, but also to reach our overarching goal of peace and stability in Afghanistan, Norwegian Read More