UN secretary general to convene ministerial meeting on Afghanistan in Geneva

The organisation said the meeting will be aimed at boosting funding for the humanitarian operation in the country

UN secretary general to convene ministerial meeting on Afghanistan in Geneva

The UN secretary general’s office said in a statement issued on Friday that UN Secretary-General António Guterres would attend a ministerial meeting on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in Geneva on September 13, it was reported.

“The UN remains in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, so the secretary-general will head to Geneva to convene a high-level humanitarian ministerial meeting on 13 September to address the country’s growing needs”, –  the document said.

The meeting will aim to increase funding for the humanitarian operation in the country as well as ensure “full and unimpeded” humanitarian access so that Afghans continue to receive basic services, according to the world body’s secretary-general.

“Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe,” Guterres’ office said in a statement. The UN remains committed to helping “millions of people in need”,  – the secretary-general’s spokesman said.

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