UN / AFGHANISTAN UPDATE

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“The UN has been working for the people of Afghanistan for decades,” the UN Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, said on Friday and its staff “will remain and do everything for the people of Afghanistan who have suffered so much.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

27 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press room
3.Med shot, spokesperson at the podium
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“For its part, the UN Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, not only condemned the attack but said that the UN is committed to stay and deliver. The UN has been working for the people of Afghanistan for decades and the Mission stressed that we will remain and do everything for the people of Afghanistan who have suffered so much. The Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations and Humanitarian Coordinator on the ground, Ramiz Alakbarov, saluted medical NGOs who are responding to civilians wounded in the attack, including children. He also reiterated our commitment to the people of Afghanistan and called for their immediate protection.”
5.Cutaway, reporters
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The World Health Organization, pointed out that while tens of thousands of vulnerable Afghans are being evacuated through the air operations at Kabul airport, millions of vulnerable Afghans will remain behind - and we have a collective responsibility to continue to assist them. WHO said that it has staff in all 34 provinces across the country monitoring the health situation. The good news is that of around 2,200 health facilities that they are monitoring, 97 per cent remain open and functioning. The more sobering news is that they are rapidly running out of medical supplies and WHO is not currently in a position to help them.
7.Med shot, spokesperson at the podium
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned that food insecurity in Afghanistan and threats to rural livelihoods were already a concern prior to the current upheaval, as a consequence of drought, the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. FAO has appealed for humanitarian assistance to be scaled up as Afghanistan continues to be hit hard by an ever-worsening drought that threatens the livelihoods of more than 7 million men, women and children who rely on agriculture or livestock. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization said that as of this month, it has provided livelihood and cash assistance across 26 out of 34 provinces, to almost one million people. In the last two weeks alone, FAO has reached more than 20,000 households and aims to assist 250,000 vulnerable farming families – that’s some 1.5 million people.”
9.Cutaway, reporters
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The UN Development Programme said that they continue to provide development assistance to people in Afghanistan - irrespective of their gender, religion, ethnic background, professional affiliation or political beliefs. UNDP is running a fully decentralized programme operation at this time and continues to be active in all regions, to support essential services, small infrastructure and livelihoods for the most vulnerable. This week, for example, UNDP and its partners continued training of farmers who will help other farmers adopt better planting practices at multiple locations. UNDP stressed that its projects are ongoing and will be scaled, where safety and operational conditions allow because “the Afghan people need development and humanitarian support more than ever.”
11.Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

“The UN has been working for the people of Afghanistan for decades,” the UN Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, said on Friday (27 Aug) and its staff “will remain and do everything for the people of Afghanistan who have suffered so much.”

The UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that “the Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations and Humanitarian Coordinator on the ground, Ramiz Alakbarov, saluted medical NGOs who are responding to civilians wounded in the attack, including children. He also reiterated our commitment to the people of Afghanistan and called for their immediate protection.”


Dujarric also said that “the World Health Organization, (WHO) “pointed out that while tens of thousands of vulnerable Afghans are being evacuated through the air operations at Kabul airport, millions of vulnerable Afghans will remain behind - and we have a collective responsibility to continue to assist them. WHO said that it has staff in all 34 provinces across the country monitoring the health situation. The good news is that of around 2,200 health facilities that they are monitoring, 97 per cent remain open and functioning. The more sobering news is that they are rapidly running out of medical supplies and WHO is not currently in a position to help them.”

The spokesperson also reported that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned that “food insecurity in Afghanistan and threats to rural livelihoods were already a concern prior to the current upheaval, as a consequence of drought, the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.”

“FAO has appealed for humanitarian assistance to be scaled up as Afghanistan continues to be hit hard by an ever-worsening drought that threatens the livelihoods of more than 7 million men, women and children who rely on agriculture or livestock. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization said that as of this month, it has provided livelihood and cash assistance across 26 out of 34 provinces, to almost one million people. In the last two weeks alone, FAO has reached more than 20,000 households and aims to assist 250,000 vulnerable farming families – that’s some 1.5 million people,” said Dujarric adding that there a funding shortfall of USD 18 million to support for FAO’s Drought Response Plan for Afghanistan.


On the development plan, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said that they “continue to provide development assistance to people in Afghanistan - irrespective of their gender, religion, ethnic background, professional affiliation or political beliefs,” Dujarric said. “UNDP is running a fully decentralized programme operation at this time and continues to be active in all regions, to support essential services, small infrastructure and livelihoods for the most vulnerable. This week, for example, UNDP and its partners continued training of farmers who will help other farmers adopt better planting practices at multiple locations. UNDP stressed that its projects are ongoing and will be scaled, where safety and operational conditions allow because “the Afghan people need development and humanitarian support more than ever,” he said.
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