Afghanistan: Stories of Resilience and Accomplishment
After decades of conflict, Afghanistan remained a challenge for the United Nations and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and NATO-led international military forces facilitated the country’s transition, but the anti-Government elements, the Taliban and related armed groups were far from defeated. The Taliban and insurgent groups bore responsibility for the high toll of deaths and injuries, but Government and international forces also caused civilian casualties. Ban Ki-moon galvanized the international community’s assistance to Afghanistan but recognized that the situation was precarious, and he urged more political dialogue.