Afghanistan

More than five million Afghans are displaced internally, including these families in Herat.
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Afghans are a proud people with a rich cultural heritage. They have known generations of war and hardship. They deserve our full support. The following days will be pivotal. The world is watching. We cannot and must not abandon the people of Afghanistan.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres in remarks to the Security Council on Afghanistan, 16 August '21

Overview

The United Nations is focused on assisting and supporting the Afghan people at this very critical time. The UN has personnel around the country delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance alongside our partners and has pledged to stay and deliver lifesaving services for the people.  On 30 August, the Security Council passed a resolution calling on the Taliban to provide safe passage for all those seeking to leave the country. During a high-level meeting in Geneva on 13 September, the international community pledged more than $1.2 billion in humanitarian and development aid to the Afghan people.

UN agencies in Afghanistan

A mother and her children fled conflict in Lashkargah and now live in a displaced persons camp in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.
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A mother and her children fled conflict in Lashkargah and now live in a displaced persons camp in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.
Women impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic wait to receive cash assistance from the World Food Programme in Kabul, Afghanistan.
WFP
People displaced by insecurity in Afghanistan shelter at a Camp in western Herat province.
IOM
Afghan children show their fingers marked to indicate they have been vaccinated against polio.
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UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the press at Headquarters on climate change.
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The United Nations presence will adapt to the security situation. But above all, we will stay and deliver in support of the Afghan people in their hour of need. Looking ahead, I call for an immediate end to violence, for the rights of all Afghans to be respected and for Afghanistan to comply with all international agreements to which it is a party. 

Afghans are a proud people with a rich cultural heritage. They have known generations of war and hardship. They deserve our full support. The following days will be pivotal. The world is watching. We cannot and must not abandon the people of Afghanistan. 
 

UN Security Council

Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan.
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Following the meeting on 16 August 2021, the Security Council issued a statement calling for a cessation of hostilities and the establishment, “through inclusive negotiations”, of a new government in Afghanistan which would be united, inclusive and representative, and with women participating.

Council members also appealed for an immediate end to the violence, and restoration of security and civil and constitutional order.

They emphasized the need for urgent talks to resolve the current crisis of authority, and to arrive at a peaceful settlement through a national reconciliation process that is both Afghan led and owned.

The 15 ambassadors expressed deep concern about the number of reported serious violations of international human rights law and human rights abuses, and stressed the “urgent and imperative need” to bring those responsible to justice.

UN Mission (UNAMA)

Deborah Lyons, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
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UNAMA’s mission is to support the people and institutions of Afghanistan in achieving peace and stability, in line with the rights and obligations enshrined in the Afghan constitution.

Deborah Lyons was appointed as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA in March 2020 and took up responsibilities in April 2020.

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