DOHA / GUTERRES AFGHANISTAN

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At the end of a two-day meeting in Doha, Qatar, to discuss key issues in Afghanistan, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said the event “was about developing a common international approach, not about recognition of the de facto Taliban authorities.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 02 MAY 2023, DOHA, QATAR

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1. Wide shot, audience
2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The meeting was about developing a common international approach, not about recognition of the de facto Taliban authorities. And what was important is that we all understand each other’s concerns and limitations, but agreed that it was in everyone’s interest, foremost the Afghans, to work together.”
3. Med shot, audience
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The participants are worried about the stability of Afghanistan and have expressed those serious concerns. They relate to the persistent presence of terrorist organizations — a risk for the country, the region, and further afield. The lack of inclusivity, which importantly includes human rights, in particular those of women and girls, severely undermined by recent Taliban decisions. And the spread of drug trafficking with all its dramatic consequences.”
5. Med shot, audience
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It is difficult to overestimate the gravity of the situation in Afghanistan. It is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today. Ninety-seven percent of Afghans live in poverty. Two-thirds of the population – 28 million – will need humanitarian assistance this year to survive. Six million Afghan children, women, and men are one step away from famine-like conditions.”
7. Wide shot, audience
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And meanwhile, funding is evaporating. Our Humanitarian Response Plan, seeking $4.6 billion, has received a mere $294 million – 6.4 per cent of the total funding required.”
9. Med shot, audience
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The vast majority of our personnel providing vital assistance are Afghan nationals. And many are women aid workers. The current ban on Afghan women working for the United Nations and national and international NGOs is unacceptable and puts lives in jeopardy.”
11. Med shot, audience
12. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Let me be crystal clear: we will never be silent in the face of unprecedented, systemic attacks on women and girls’ rights. We will always speak out when millions of women and girls are being silenced and erased from sight.”
13. Pan right, Guterres leaves the briefing room

STORYLINE:

At the end of a two-day meeting in Doha, Qatar, to discuss key issues in Afghanistan, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said the event “was about developing a common international approach, not about recognition of the de facto Taliban authorities.”

Briefing journalists on Tuesday (2 May) at the day of the encounter that brought together special envoys from various countries, Guterres added, “What was important is that we all understand each other’s concerns and limitations, but agreed that it was in everyone’s interest, foremost the Afghans, to work together.”

The UN chief said that “the participants are worried about the stability of Afghanistan and have expressed those serious concerns” and they also “relate to the persistent presence of terrorist organizations — a risk for the country, the region, and further afield.”

“The lack of inclusivity, which importantly includes human rights, in particular those of women and girls, severely undermined by recent Taliban decisions. And the spread of drug trafficking with all its dramatic consequences,” added Guterres.

For the Secretary-General, “it is difficult to overestimate the gravity of the situation in Afghanistan”, the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today.

Guterres detailed, “ Ninety-seven percent of Afghans live in poverty. Two-thirds of the population – 28 million – will need humanitarian assistance this year to survive. Six million Afghan children, women, and men are one step away from famine-like conditions.”

Meanwhile, continued the UN chief, “funding is evaporating”, with the Humanitarian Response Plan, seeking $4.6 billion, only receiving $294 million, 6.4 percent of the total funding required.

Guterres also noted that “the vast majority” of UN personnel providing vital assistance are Afghan nationals and many are women aid workers.

Because of that, Guterres said, “the current ban on Afghan women working for the United Nations and national and international NGOs is unacceptable and puts lives in jeopardy.”

The UN chief concluded, “Let me be crystal clear: we will never be silent in the face of unprecedented, systemic attacks on women and girls’ rights. We will always speak out when millions of women and girls are being silenced and erased from sight.”
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