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January 26th, 2022

‘We cannot abandon the people of Afghanistan’ Guterres tells Security Council »

With Afghanistan “hanging by a thread” six months after the Taliban takeover, the world cannot abandon the country now – for the sake of its people and overall global security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. more

January 19th, 2022

Afghanistan: 500,000 jobs lost since Taliban takeover »

More than half a million people have lost or been pushed out of their jobs in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday. more

January 13th, 2022

UN chief: ‘We are in a race against time to help the Afghan people’ »

Describing a “nightmare unfolding in Afghanistan”, the United Nations’ Secretary-General, António Guterres, warned on Thursday that the world is “in a race against time to help the Afghan people.” more

January 11th, 2022

Afghanistan: UN launches largest single country aid appeal ever »

The UN and partners launched a more than $5 billion funding appeal for Afghanistan on Tuesday, in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services there, which have left 22 million in need of assistance inside the country, and 5.7 million people requiring help beyond its borders. more

December 22nd, 2021

Security Council paves way for aid to reach desperate Afghans »

The Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution clearing the way for aid to reach Afghans in desperate need of basic support, while preventing funds from falling into the hands of the Taliban, a move welcomed by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator as a “milestone” decision that will save lives. more

December 21st, 2021

Afghanistan economy in ‘freefall’, threatening to take entire population with it »

Afghanistan’s economy is in “free fall”, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told a special meeting on Sunday, warning that if decisive and compassionate action is not taken immediately, it may “pull the entire population with it”. more

December 14th, 2021

Afghanistan: Humanitarian crisis threatens basic human rights »

Respect for fundamental rights and freedoms by the de facto authorities in Afghanistan is critical to ensuring stability in the country, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday in Geneva. more

December 09th, 2021

Afghanistan: Political affairs chief has ‘frank and useful exchanges’ with the Taliban »

The UN’s Political and Peacebuilding Affairs chief, Rosemary DiCarlo, concluded a three-day visit to Afghanistan on Thursday in which she met with senior Taliban representatives, urging them not to “erase” gains made by women and girls across the country in recent years. more

December 04th, 2021

Harsh winter fuels ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan »

UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday that a harsh winter in Afghanistan is aggravating already severe conditions faced by millions across the country. more

October 25th, 2021

Afghanistan on ‘countdown to catastrophe’ without urgent humanitarian relief »

The combined shocks of drought, conflict, COVID-19 and an economic crisis in Afghanistan, have left more than half the population facing a record level of acute hunger, according to a new UN assessment published on Monday. more

October 21st, 2021

$667 million funding call to help Afghans through economic crisis »

Afghanistan’s economy is imploding, with all but three per cent of households expected to fall below the poverty line in coming months, the UN said on Thursday. more

September 14th, 2021

First humanitarian flight to Kabul marks 'turning point' in crisis: WFP »

The return of humanitarian flights to Kabul since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is a turning point in the crisis, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. more