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UN envoy arrives to help Afghanistan through new period of development

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UN envoy arrives to help Afghanistan through new period of development

Ján Kubiš, new Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, briefs the press upon arrival in Kabul. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

The new United Nations envoy to Afghanistan arrived in the capital, Kabul, today to take the helm of the world body’s presence there and assist the country amid a period of transition.

Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, will lead the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in what he said would be “a new period” in the Central Asian country’s development.

“I am looking forward to be here in this period of transition, to be a good partner of the Government of Afghanistan,” he told reporters upon his arrival at Kabul airport.

“I am looking forward to my work in this partnership when the country is moving to a new period of its development and the United Nations, as always, will stand by and is ready to help as much as we are able to do,” he added.

I am looking forward to my work in this partnership when the country is moving to a new period of its development and the United Nations, as always, will stand by and is ready to help as much as we are able to do.

The UN, which has been providing assistance in Afghanistan for more than half a century, is currently examining how it can best help the country as it proceeds with the transfer of security responsibilities and takes greater ownership of its development.

Mr. Kubiš succeeds Staffan de Mistura, who headed UNAMA from March 2010 through December 2011.

Prior to taking up his new position, he served as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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> United Nations (UN).

The General Assembly in session. Photo credit: UN / Eskinder Debebe The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership totals 192 countries.

When States become Members of the United Nations, they agree to accept the obligations of the UN Charter, an international treaty that sets out basic principles of international relations. According to the Charter, the UN has four purposes:

  • to maintain international peace and security;
  • to develop friendly relations among nations;
  • to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights;
  • and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.

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