UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Geneva to chair a meeting of member states on 13 September to increase humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
As reported by APE-MPE, at this meeting the UN will call for “a rapid increase in funding so that life-saving humanitarian operations can continue,” Stefan Duzarik said in a press release.
“Afghanistan is facing an immediate humanitarian catastrophe”, he added, in the midst of “the long war, the drought and the pandemic of the new coronavirus”.
About half of the 38 million inhabitants are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than half of children under the age of five are at serious risk of malnutrition next year., warn the United Nations.
Humanitarian flights have recently resumed in the north and south of Afghanistan, Duzarik said on Thursday, expressing hope that they could become more intensive in the near future.
The flights, operated by the World Food Program (WFP), have allowed “160 humanitarian organizations to continue their vital activities in Afghan provinces,” he said during a regular briefing for accredited editors in New York.
Between 2002 and 2021, there were UN flights to more than twenty destinations in Afghanistan and the aim is to return to that level when there are guarantees for their safety and funding is secured for them, he explained.