UN Afghanistan donor conference raises $1 billion with crisis looming
GENEVA: Countries participating in a global donor conference have pledged $1 billion to provide emergency financial assistance to Afghan citizens under the auspices of the United Nations.
According to the World News Agency, a UN-sponsored global donor conference for Afghanistan was held in Geneva, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saying Afghan citizens would need about $606 million by December to help the war-torn country. The country will be used for medical aid, clean water supply and sanitation.
“This conference, held in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, has met my expectations, and donor countries have pledged more than 1 1 billion,” said Antonio Guterres. He added that many countries are willing to help but have concerns about how their funds will be spent during the Taliban’s rule, which is why they are reluctant.
Ministers and government representatives from 40 countries physically and virtually attended the donors’ conference for Afghanistan.
It should be noted that the United Nations had also requested funding for emergency shelters as 3.5 million Afghans have been displaced and are facing severe shortages of food and medicine.