At the request of the Secretary-General, UN Aid Coordinator Martin Griffiths visited the country, where he spoke with Mullah Baradar and other Taliban authorities on humanitarian issues, UN Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement.
During the meeting, Mr Dujarric said so the Emergency Relief Coordinator called for the protection of all civilians, “especially women and girls and minorities”, at all times.
According to the UN spokesman, Mr Griffiths also expressed his solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and reiterated the humanitarian community’s commitment to “provide impartial and independent” assistance and protection to “millions of people in need”.
Meanwhile, the Taliban authorities promised safety and security for humanitarian personnel, guaranteed humanitarian access to people in need and freedom of movement for both male and female aid workers.
“The authorities have committed themselves to working with the humanitarian community to ensure that assistance is provided to the people of Afghanistan,” he said. Dujarric and noted that further meetings are expected in the coming days.
To keep the promise
Mr. Griffiths is also scheduled to meet with representatives of UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations in the country to convey the organization’s appreciation for their dedication to remaining and helping eight million people this year.
“As Afghanistan is facing a looming humanitarian catastrophe“The Secretary-General has convened a high-level ministerial meeting to address the growing humanitarian needs of the country,” said Mr Dujarric.
The spokesman added that an urgent upscaling in funding is required so that “the life-saving humanitarian operation can continue” and stressed that the organization continues to “stand in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan”.
Even before the mass displacement caused by the recent Taliban takeover, half of the population, or 18 million people, are dependent on humanitarian aid to survive, according to a UN spokesman. A third do not know where their next meal is coming from.
In addition, more than half of all children under the age of five are at risk of acute malnutrition, as the second severe drought in four years threatens to trigger further hunger in the coming months.
“Now more than ever, The people of Afghanistan need the support and solidarity of the international community“, Concluded the UN spokesman’s statement.