UN convenes aid conference for Afghanistan – POLITICO
The United Nations will hold an international conference to raise humanitarian funds for the Afghan people on September 13, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Saturday.
The Taliban-controlled country “faces an imminent humanitarian catastrophe,” Guterres said in a video posted on Twitter.
The goal of the ministerial-level conference is “to advocate for more resources so that life-saving humanitarian operations can continue,” he said.
Guterres has said that nearly half of Afghanistan’s roughly 40 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. An economic collapse is coming and it’s serious drought It has restricted the food supply, raising fears of mass starvation.
“We need the international community to stand together and support the Afghan people,” Guterres said.
“We also call for full and unimpeded humanitarian access to ensure that Afghans continue to receive the essential services they need,” he added.
EU foreign ministers agreed on Friday on a joint approach to working with the Taliban. The EU position demands that any Taliban government allow access to humanitarian aid.