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Humanitarian donors urged to step up action for Afghanistan – Afghanistan

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  • Afghanistan is trapped in a humanitarian crisis with 23 million people facing acute food insecurity. We must act now to prevent the situation from getting worse

  • Humanitarian agencies have stepped up their assistance and are ready to expand, highlighting the central role of women in delivering aid

  • Hosted by the United Nations and the governments of the United Kingdom, Germany and Qatar, donors meet today to pledge essential humanitarian funding

  • The donors’ conference is broadcast live here from 1500 CET / 0900 ET. The link to download the video file of the pre-conference press briefing is here and photos of Afghanistan are available for free here

(Geneva, March 31, 2022): Over the past year, international donors have shown remarkable generosity to Afghans in need. With US$1.8 billion disbursed, aid groups have been able to provide 20 million people with lifesaving food, clean water, healthcare, protection, shelter, education and supplies winter as Afghanistan went through deep turbulence and international isolation.

Today, donors come together to keep funds flowing and growing again this year. The UN-coordinated relief operation – the largest but not the only one in Afghanistan – is asking for $4.4 billion, three times the amount requested in 2021.

Fundraising has so far provided only 13% of the needs of the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan. At today’s donor conference, hosted by the United Nations, the United Kingdom, Germany and Qatar, pledges of support are urgently needed to speed up deliveries. Fundraising will continue for the rest of the year.

Years of conflict have caused prolonged suffering in Afghanistan. Today, the country is facing an economic collapse and its worst drought in 30 years, creating unprecedented levels of need. Humanitarian organizations warn that while an emergency response is necessary, it is not enough to meet all the needs in Afghanistan. The economy, basic state institutions and the delivery of essential services must be preserved to avoid the worsening of food insecurity and the collapse of the social fabric.

More than 24 million people – or 60% of the population – need humanitarian aid to survive. Needs are 30% higher than last year and acute hunger is a daily reality for half the population. Health, education and other basic services are under strain, livelihoods have been destroyed and households spend 80% of their meager income on food.

UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said: “We have the power to stop the downward humanitarian spiral in Afghanistan and it is our moral duty to use that power by pledging generous, flexible funding today and unconditional. This is how humanitarians can now scale up their operations and save lives.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “The UK is mobilizing countries to support the people of Afghanistan and helping to lead the way by providing food, shelter and vital medical supplies. Together with our allies and partners, we can and will do more to help Afghanistan.

HE Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said: “The key factor in improving humanitarian situations is the achievement of lasting peace. Accordingly, the State of Qatar has made tremendous and successful efforts over the past few years to support the achievement of this desired goal. With the continuing deterioration of the humanitarian situation, the economic collapse and the increase in the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance to survive in Afghanistan, it is our collective responsibility to maintain the commitment and provide the humanitarian support and the necessary funding. “In the first eight weeks of 2022, humanitarian partners provided life-saving assistance to 12.7 million people, prioritizing women, girls and minority groups.

Deliveries have included nutritious food for hundreds of thousands of malnourished children, pregnant and lactating women; nutritious school meals; putting seeds and tools in the hands of farmers; train the unemployed in basic skills; supporting the protection of vulnerable groups; ensuring a clean water supply in communities; and supporting trauma treatment and reproductive health care.

By pledging generously, the world can send a strong signal of solidarity to the Afghan people, who have already suffered far too much.

At today’s high-level event, HE António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, will deliver a keynote address. He will be joined by HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar; HE Rt. Hon Elizabeth Truss, UK Foreign Secretary; Annalena Baerbock, Federal Foreign Minister of Germany; and Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Member States and partners will also take the floor for the interventions.

More information about the event is available here.

Media contacts

UN OCHA, Jens Laerke, [email protected]

UK FCDO News Desk, [email protected]

German Foreign Ministry, Andreas Feil, [email protected]

Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aisha AlMuhannadi, [email protected]