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UNITED NATIONS SEEKS $606 MILLION FOR AFGHANISTAN

UNITED NATIONS SEEKS $606 MILLION FOR AFGHANISTAN

Context:

On September 13, 2021, United Nations is hosting a high-level donors conference seeking Afghanistan's emergency funding following the Taliban's takeover.

Key Highlights:

  • The Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, was leading a UN summit and demanded more than $ 600 million in a “flash appeal” for Afghans.
  • The $ 600 million appeals were made in the wake of concerns that instability and intensified relief efforts and the ongoing drought would jeopardize lives and push Afghanistan into famine.
  • Recent developments in Afghanistan have increased the risk of Afghans already facing poverty and violence. Therefore, the UN World Food Program will be a major beneficiary of any funds raised during the conference.

Significance of the Conference:

  • The conference will put Western governments and major UN traditional donors on probation, who want to help Afghans on a daily basis without giving victory to public relations or money to the Taliban.

Taliban Took Over Afghanistan:

  • The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, after capturing Kabul. Many Afghan people remain fearful even though the Taliban have promised to include everyone and a general amnesty for those who opposed him.

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