Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General said that the meeting was about developing a common international approach, not about recognition of the de-facto Taliban authorities…reports Asian Lite News
An increasingly unstable and volatile Afghanistan is causing worry to the world.
Worsening human rights, in particular women’s and girls’ rights, poverty, hunger, terrorism and the spread of drug trafficking are among the issues that the people of Afghanistan have been facing under Taliban rule. World leaders under the aegis of the United Nations recently held a closed-door meeting in Doha to reinvigorate international engagement around these key issues and to engage the Taliban government.
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General said that the meeting was about developing a common international approach, not about recognition of the de-facto Taliban authorities.
The participants are worried about the stability of Afghanistan and have expressed those serious concerns. They relate to the persistent presence of terrorist organisations, a risk for the country, the region and further afield. The lack of inclusivity, which importantly includes human rights in particular those of women and girls, was severely undermined by recent Taliban decisions and the spread of drug trafficking with all its dramatic consequences.
The Taliban returned to power in August of 2021 and have restricted Afghan women and girls from participating in most areas of public and daily life.
Women nationals have also been barred from working with the UN in a country where nearly 29 million people depend on humanitarian assistance.
The UN Security Council recently unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the decision, saying that it undermines human rights and humanitarian principles.
He further stated that the current ban on Afghan women working in the United Nations and national and international NGOs is unacceptable and puts lives in jeopardy.
Antonio Guterres said the situation in Afghanistan was the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today and that he would meet the Taliban when it was the “right moment to do so but today is not the right moment.”
According to the United Nations, a record 28.3 million people in Afghanistan are in need of assistance this year, making Afghanistan the world’s largest aid operation.
The UN is asking for USD 4.6 billion to fully fund relief efforts this year.
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator warned that Afghanistan was also the world’s least well-funded operation, with less than five per cent funding pledged so far.
Regular Afghans, particularly women and children remain oppressed under the Taliban. They depend on humanitarian assistance but any remaining hope they have for a brighter future dwindles the longer the international community leaves them in need. (ANI)