United Kingdom

Using our efforts to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and economic collapse in Afghanistan

Thank you, President.

First, let us join our partners in extending our sincere condolences to the people of Afghanistan for their suffering caused by the devastating earthquake. As my ministers have said, the United Kingdom stands ready to support them in this difficult time. The UK is one of the largest donors of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan; we are already working with teams on the ground, including the UN, NGOs, and the Red Cross to provide assistance to those in need.

Let me also thank the APCC Alakbarov, George Griffiths of the United States for their briefings, and in particular our civil society briefs, the testimonies of which are powerful and moving.

The humanitarian and economic situation in Afghanistan remains critical. More than 24 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian assistance, and some 20 million are facing acute food insecurity. Urgent action is needed to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe or economic collapse.

The strong UN leadership continues to be able to coordinate the international community’s support for effective negotiations with the Taliban to ensure principled humanitarian access throughout the country.

Britain remains loyal to the Afghan people. On March 31, our Foreign Minister co-hosted the UN Conference on Humanitarian Pledges, raising $ 2.4 billion. This fiscal year, we have provided $ 380 million in national assistance to support basic humanitarian needs.

We strongly support the 1988 sanctions regime as a key tool for ensuring peace, stability and security in Afghanistan. The humanitarian exception ensures that the regime does not interfere with the provision of humanitarian assistance or other activities that support basic human needs.

President

economic stability և the provision of basic services can end the cycle of humanitarian needs: suffering. We support the UN leadership in this regard, stressing the need for the Taliban to live up to their responsibilities to both the people of Afghanistan and the international community.

As we have heard today from Ms. Hakim and Ms. Royan, women and girls in Afghanistan face unacceptable restrictions on their freedom of movement, clothing, education, employment, and services. Educated women – girls, who can participate fully in society – will contribute to economic development, peace and security.

The United Kingdom is deeply concerned about the serious allegations of extrajudicial killings, detentions and disappearances of Afghans, including civil society activists, former security forces, and government officials.

There have also been reports of terrorist attacks. Terrorist drug threats from Afghanistan pose a threat not only to the country but also to regional security.

President, the role of the UN remains stronger than ever. We pay tribute to Deborah Lyon’s work and look forward to working with the new management team.

The international community must continue to speak with one voice: to put pressure on the Taliban to fulfill their responsibilities to advance human rights, humanitarian access, counter-terrorism, and a more inclusive government.

I thank you.

Using our efforts to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and economic collapse in Afghanistan

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