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The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on a humanitarian exception in the UN sanctions regime applicable in Afghanistan. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

22 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shot, Security Council voting
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Senior Advisor for Special Political Affairs, United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations:
“The adoption of this resolution highlights how UN sanctions regimes can be flexible and adjust to address urgent issues such as humanitarian crises while remaining viable tools to address threats to international security. We believe the UN role in coordinating humanitarian operations in Afghanistan is more critical than ever. The United States will continue to do its part to support the Afghan people, while also holding the Taliban accountable for following through on its commitments.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Zhang Jun, Permanent of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations:
“Humanitarian aid is only to tackle the urgent need while helping Afghanistan to revitalize the economy and development is the fundamental solution. The international community should maintain contact and actively guide the Taliban, help the Afghan interim government to maintain normal operation of government agencies, maintain security and stability, and promote economic and social recovery and reconstruction. In the face of fundamental changes in Afghanistan's domestic situation, the Council should seriously review the existing sanctions regime on the Taliban, so as to prevent any negative impact on Afghanistan's economic and social development.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. Wide shot, press briefing room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Munir Akram, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations:
“This resolution is very clear that the provision of humanitarian assistance in basic needs of the Afghan people. It is not conditioned because it is not impeded by the sanctions regime or by anything in the systems and the international law is to be provided without conditions.”
9. Wide shot, press briefing room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“He said this humanitarian exceptions will allow organizations to implement the work we have planned, and it will give legal assurances to the financial institutions and commercial actors we rely on to engage with humanitarian operators. He noted that some 160 national and international humanitarian organizations are providing critical food and health assistance in Afghanistan, as well as education, water and sanitation, and support to agriculture. We urgently need to ramp up this work. He says, the humanitarian operations in Afghanistan are set to be the largest anywhere in the world in 2022, reaching some 22 million people.”
11. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on a humanitarian exception in the UN sanctions regime applicable in Afghanistan.

Addressing the Security Council in New York today (22 Dec), US Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis whose country proposed the drafted resolution, said, “the adoption of this resolution highlights how UN sanctions regimes can be flexible and adjust to address urgent issues such as humanitarian crises while remaining viable tools to address threats to international security.”

He added, “we believe the UN role in coordinating humanitarian operations in Afghanistan is more critical than ever.”

“The United States will continue to do its part to support the Afghan people, while also holding the Taliban accountable for following through on its commitments,” said the US Ambassador.

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun also spoke after the vote. He said, “Humanitarian aid is only to tackle the urgent need while helping Afghanistan to revitalize the economy and development is the fundamental solution.”

He reiterated, “the international community should maintain contact and actively guide the Taliban, help the Afghan interim government to maintain normal operation of government agencies, maintain security and stability, and promote economic and social recovery and reconstruction.”

Ambassador Zhang continued, “in the face of fundamental changes in Afghanistan's domestic situation, the Council should seriously review the existing sanctions regime on the Taliban, so as to prevent any negative impact on Afghanistan's economic and social development.”

Pakistani Ambassador Munir Akram spoke to the reporter after the Council’s meeting. He said that his country welcomed the adoption of the resolution. He said, “this resolution is very clear that the provision of humanitarian assistance in basic needs of the Afghan people. It is not conditioned because it is not impeded by the sanctions regime or by anything in the systems and the international law is to be provided without conditions.”

In a statement, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, welcomed the adoption, stressing that this milestone decision will enable urgently needed humanitarian action to save lives and livelihoods in the country.

He said, “this humanitarian exception will allow organizations to implement the work we have planned, and it will give legal assurances to the financial institutions and commercial actors we rely on to engage with humanitarian operators.”

Griffiths also noted that some 160 national and international humanitarian organizations are providing critical food and health assistance in Afghanistan, as well as education, water and sanitation, and support to agriculture.

He said, “we urgently need to ramp up this work,” adding that “the humanitarian operations in Afghanistan are set to be the largest anywhere in the world in 2022, reaching some 22 million people.”
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