Statement on the Occasion of the Conclusion of the Secretary-General’s High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan

Statement on the Occasion of the Conclusion of the Secretary-General’s High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York welcomes the successful conclusion of the Secretary-General’s High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan. The Permanent Mission extends its sincere gratitude to the Secretary-General for convening this critically important and timely meeting. It is further thankful for the interest and support of Member states.

The meeting highlighted the staggering levels of need in Afghanistan and the need to respond quickly and decisively in accordance with the humanitarian principles. It showed that the world is united in its support for the Afghan people. Member States and other partners unanimously recognized their support for providing increased humanitarian support. The Permanent Mission is grateful for the significant announcements of new humanitarian pledges to address the deteriorating situation. The meeting also stressed the international community’s support for promoting and protecting the human rights of all Afghans, especially women and girls. The humanitarian principles must guide all interventions to ensure that assistance does not undermine the gains of the past 20 years.

The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan appreciates the dedication and bravery of all humanitarian partners operating in Afghanistan. The United Nations and all other national and international humanitarian organizations are invaluable partners. The Permanent Mission further welcomes the recent high-level missions by UN leaders, including the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, and the High Commissioner of Refugees, Filippo Grandi, to Afghanistan to assess the situation and ensure unfettered access to everyone in need.

The Permanent Mission acknowledges the very generous pledges announced during the meeting, encompassing more than USD 1.2 billion dollars in humanitarian and development aid, including funding for both the flash appeal and the regional response. It is imperative that this funding is disbursed quickly. The Permanent Mission further calls on all partners to continue to urgently fund the flash appeal, requiring USD 606.2 million to reach 10.8 million people, to address the evolving needs. Action is needed today to save the lives and livelihoods of the Afghan people.

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