Geneva – The United Nations and non-governmental organizations will today launch Joint Response Plans to bring life-saving humanitarian assistance to 22 million people in Afghanistan and support 5.7 million displaced Afghans and local communities in five neighboring countries.
The combined humanitarian and refugee response plans require more than $ 5 billion in international funding by 2022.
Afghans face one of the world’s fastest growing humanitarian crises. Half the population faces acute hunger, more than 9 million people are displaced, millions of children are out of school, the human rights of women and girls are threatened, farmers and herders are struggling with the worst drought in decades, and the economy is in freefall. Without support, tens of thousands of children are at risk of dying of malnutrition as basic health services have collapsed.
The conflict has subsided, but violence, fear and deprivation continue to push Afghans to seek safety and asylum across borders, particularly in Iran and Pakistan. Over 2.2 million registered refugees and 4 million Afghans of different status are hosted in neighboring countries. This has strained the capacity of the host communities, and they also need support.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said: “Events in Afghanistan over the past year have unfolded at breakneck speed and with profound consequences for the United Nations. Afghan people. The world is perplexed and is looking for the right way to react. Meanwhile, a real humanitarian catastrophe is looming.
My message is urgent: do not close the door to the Afghan people. Humanitarian partners are on the ground and they are up to the task, despite the challenges. Help us grow to avoid widespread hunger, disease, malnutrition and ultimately death by supporting the humanitarian plan we are launching today.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said: “The international community must do everything in its power to prevent a catastrophe in Afghanistan, which would not only aggravate the suffering, but would lead to further displacement in the country. both in the country and throughout the region. At the same time, we also urgently need to step up the response for refugees and the communities that have hosted them for generations. The needs of refugees cannot be ignored and the generosity of host countries cannot be taken for granted. They need support and they need it today.
The response plan inside Afghanistan requires $ 4.44 billion, the largest humanitarian appeal ever for a country. If funded, it will accelerate the delivery of vital food and agricultural assistance, health services, nutrition, emergency shelter, water and sanitation, protection and education to emergency.
The regional refugee response plan requires funding of $ 623 million for 40 organizations working in the areas of protection, health and nutrition, food security, shelter and non-food items, water and sanitation, livelihoods and resilience, education and logistics and telecommunications.
Today’s launch will be hosted by UN Humanitarian Chief Martin Griffiths and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in a virtual event starting at 11:30 am CET.
The launch is webcast UN Web TV
- In Geneva, Babar Baloch, [email protected], +41 79 513 9549
- In Bangkok, Kasita Rochanakorn, [email protected], +66 64 932 0803
- In Islamabad, Qaiser Khan Afridi, [email protected], +92 300 501 8696
- In Tehran, Duniya Aslam Khan, [email protected]
- In New York, Kathryn Mahoney, [email protected], +1 347 443 7646
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