Attention needed on sustainable livelihoods in Afghanistan: UN envoy

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Ján Kubiš , head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

International troop drawdown and the scaling down of some large-scale military -backed stabilization projects efforts will have substantial economic impacts on Afghanistan.

That according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ján Kubiš.

He told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that attention is needed on the issue of sustainable livelihoods, noting that overall, sustainability of development gains is at risk because of weak and inadequate systems of subnational governance, lack of support from the central level, capacity constraints and insufficient planning on the civilian side.

“There have been some appeals to the United Nations to assume new functions and projects taking over from other parts of the international community. However the very core of transition is that the Afghan Government is in the lead. This must be the first port of call. Where requested by the Afghan Government, the United Nations will look to assist. I emphasize however that tasks and efforts must be part of agreed Afghan national priorities and strategies and in line with United Nations’ mandates and capacities.”

Under Secretary-General Ján Kubiš says this should be viewed as an opportunity to rebalance the provision of development assistance, to better align with national priorities and strategies.

And he points out that amidst this, focus on building the sustainable development systems for the future and immediate humanitarian needs must not be forgotten as Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world and faces increasing humanitarian needs.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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