UN / AFGHANISTAN POVERTY

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Director, Kanni Wignaraja told journalists in New York that Afghanistan will reach “universal poverty by middle of next year.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 09 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

09 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press conference dais
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kanni Wignaraja, Asia-Pacific Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“Afghanistan pretty much faces universal poverty by middle of next year. That’s where we are heading. Ninety-seven, ninety-eight percent, no matter how you work these projections.”
4. Med shot, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Kanni Wignaraja, Asia-Pacific Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“So, together with political instability, you now have got a freeze on foreign reserves. You’ve got a collapsed public finance system. You’ve got a crash on local banking, because of all of this. And you’ve got COVID, which we don’t even now talk about, right? When we are talking Afghanistan. The numbers, as our WHO colleagues have told us, are not as intense as they were some months ago, but it’s still pretty much there with the variants brough on. And we’ve got a drought. So, if you look at this, it’s both a humanitarian and development disaster.”
6. Wide shot, press conference dais
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Kanni Wignaraja, Asia-Pacific Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“Now, you can’t address this with humanitarian relief alone. It’s just not going to happen. We need short term humanitarian relief, absolutely essential, but if it’s going to stop people from fleeing, you’ve got to save their livelihoods. They’ve got to have a means of income at a local level.”
8. Wide shot, press conference dais, Abdallah Al Dardari on screen
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdallah Al Dardari, Resident Representative in Afghanistan, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“We put together a package of local community resilience, supporting livelihoods, supporting jobs for young men and women, reaching households that have people with disability, and reaching households with people above 65 years of age, and making sure that we reach the 65,000 enterprises owned by women in Afghanistan and making sure that there is million young men and women who find jobs in these difficult times. All of this will reach about 9 million Afghans.”
10. Wide shot, press conference dais

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Director, Kanni Wignaraja today (9 Sep) told journalists in New York that Afghanistan will reach “universal poverty by middle of next year.”

Wignaraja said “together with political instability, you now have got a freeze on foreign reserves. You’ve got a collapsed public finance system. You’ve got a crash on local banking, because of all of this. And you’ve got COVID,” as well as an ongoing drought.”

She said, “if you look at this, it’s both a humanitarian and development disaster.”

The UNDP official said “you can’t address this with humanitarian relief alone. It’s just not going to happen. We need short term humanitarian relief, absolutely essential, but if it’s going to stop people from fleeing, you’ve got to save their livelihoods. They’ve got to have a means of income at a local level.”

Briefing virtually from Istanbul, UNDP Resident Representative in Afghanistan Abdallah Al Dardari announced a local community resilience package that will reach about 9 million Afghans and which includes “supporting livelihoods, supporting jobs for young men and women, reaching households that have people with disability, and reaching households with people above 65 years of age, and making sure that we reach the 65,000 enterprises owned by women in Afghanistan and making sure that there is million young men and women who find jobs in these difficult times.”

As much as 97 percent of the population is at risk of sinking below the poverty line unless a response to the country’s political and economic crises is urgently launched, according to a rapid appraisal released today by UNDP on Wednesday.
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