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THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ANNOUNCED AROUND $1.2 BILLION AID FOR AFGHANISTAN

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ANNOUNCED AROUND $1.2 BILLION AID FOR AFGHANISTAN

Context:

The international community has announced about $ 1.2 billion to help the people from Afghanistan. At the event, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the importance of engaging with the Taliban to ensure the continuation of aid in India. He also highlighted the importance of addressing other issues such as terrorism, human rights and the nature of government.

United Nations’ High-Level Ministerial Event:

  • The United Nations organized a special ministerial meeting in Geneva on September 13, 2021, on the state of aid in Afghanistan.
  • The UN has highlighted the critical needs in Afghanistan and emphasized urgent funding and the actions of international partners to support the people of Afghanistan.
  • About $ 1.2 billion in aid and development was announced by member states, including a flash appeal and regional response fee.
  • U.N. chief emphasised engagement with the Taliban and the de facto government in the country because their cooperation is needed to provide humanitarian assistance inside Afghanistan.

Government in Afghanistan:

  • The Taliban announced an interim government led by Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund who is the chief of the Taliban’s decision-making body ‘Rehbari Shura’.
  • He is the acting prime minister and Abdul Ghani Baradar is the deputy prime minister in the new Islamic government.

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