UN Secretary-General will convene a meeting on Afghanistan relief in Geneva On September 13

On September 13, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Geneva to convene a high-level session on Afghanistan aid. 

After 20 years of conflict, the country is now under Taliban control, and a “looming humanitarian catastrophe” is not far away.  

The conference will call for a rapid increase in financing to ensure that the life-saving humanitarian effort can continue, as well as full and unrestricted humanitarian access to ensure that Afghans continue to receive the essential services they require. 

 Afghanistan’s development accomplishments must be safeguarded, and that women’s rights are a “vital” aspect of the country’s future stability. 

Afghanistan was significantly reliant on international help even before the Taliban’s takeover, with foreign aid accounts for 40% of the country’s GDP. 

The United Nations has warned that 18 million people are suffering a humanitarian crisis, with another 18 million on the way. 

Residents in Kabul have expressed concern about the country’s long-running economic problems, which have been exacerbated by the hardline movement’s control. 

On August 30, two weeks after the Afghan government fell and the Taliban grabbed control of Kabul, the United States announced the end of its war in Afghanistan. 

A frenetic evacuation of Americans, other foreigners, and Afghans fleeing the new Taliban administration highlighted those days. 

Since the US left, the Taliban have been working with Qatar to reopen Kabul’s airport, which has been a lifeline for relief. 

The United Nations announced on Thursday that humanitarian flights between the Pakistani capital Islamabad and Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south had resumed. 

On Friday, Ariana Afghan Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, began internal flights, while the United Arab Emirates dispatched a plane with “critical medical and food aid”. 

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