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UN Security Council extends UNAMA’s mandate until March 2024

The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2678 (2023), extending the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) until March 17, 2024.

The resolution reaffirmed the importance of the United Nations’ role in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan, and stressed the critical importance of the continued presence of UNAMA and other UN agencies, funds, and programs across the country.

The Council requested that the Secretary-General provide regular reports on the situation in Afghanistan and the implementation of UNAMA’s mandate, including at the subnational level.

The Security Council also adopted Resolution 2679 (2023) which calls for an independent assessment to be conducted by the Secretary-General and for forward-looking recommendations to be provided for an integrated and coherent approach among relevant political, humanitarian, and development actors to address the current challenges faced by Afghanistan.

The resolution emphasizes the importance of upholding human rights, including those of women, children, minorities, and persons in vulnerable situations, and the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women in Afghanistan.