UN / AFGHANISTAN

17-Sep-2021 00:02:54
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to renew the current mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for the next six months, thus allowing time for consideration of a rapidly unfolding situation on the ground before making changes to the mission’s mandate. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 17 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

17 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
3.UPSOUND (English) Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations and president of the Security Council:
“Will those in favor of the draft resolution contained in document S/2021/804, please raise their hand.”
4.Pan left, Council members voting
5.UPSOUND (English) Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations and president of the Security Council:
“The result of the voting is as follows: the draft resolution received 15 votes in favor. The draft resolution has been adopted unanimously, as resolution 2596 2021.”
6.Wide shot, delegates at the Council’s table
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Mona Juul, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations:
“The resolution ensures that the broad and flexible mandate of UNAMA can continue. Included [in] its mandate [is] to monitor and report on human rights, protection of civilians and violation and abuses against children, facilitate and improve humanitarian access and to support the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in all levels of decision making.”
8.Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Mona Juul, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations:
”With more than 18 million people in need, we must scale up and ensure delivery of humanitarian assistance. We must insist on safe and unimpeded access for both female and male humanitarian staff to carry out impartial humanitarian activities for all affected communities across Afghanistan.”
10.Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the USA to the United Nations:
“We recognize that the current situation in Afghanistan is fluid and dynamic, but the UN's role must always work to serve Afghans and advanced their human rights and fundamental freedoms. We will stand by them in this goal.”
12.Wide shot, delegates at the Council’s table
13.SOUNDBITE (Russian) Anna Evstigneeva, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“At the same time, we do regret that because of the position taken by some members of the council, the final version of the resolution does not take up the objective assessments of threats in Afghanistan from ISIL, nor does it take up the long-standing drugs problem. And these continue to be lingering challenges not just for the country but for the region as a whole and beyond. We emphasize that neutralizing these threats is key for the stability and security in the region. Passing over them in silence or downplaying them is unacceptable.”
14.Wide shot, Security Council in meeting
STORYLINE
The UN Security Council on Friday (17 Sep) unanimously adopted a resolution to renew the current mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for the next six months, thus allowing time for consideration of a rapidly unfolding situation on the ground before making changes to the mission’s mandate.

“The resolution ensures that the broad and flexible mandate of UNAMA can continue,” Mona Juul, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations, a co-penholder of the resolution said after the vote.

With its mandate renewed, UNAMA will be able to “monitor and report on human rights, protection of civilians and violation and abuses against children, facilitate and improve humanitarian access and to support the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in all levels of decision making,” said Juul.

She also pointed out the precarious humanitarian situation in the country with “more than 18 million people in need,” and called for scaling up and ensuring “delivery of humanitarian assistance.”

“We must insist on safe and unimpeded access for both female and male humanitarian staff to carry out impartial humanitarian activities for all affected communities across Afghanistan,” Juul said.

The US ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said “we recognize that the current situation in Afghanistan is fluid and dynamic, but the UN's role must always work to serve Afghans and advanced their human rights and fundamental freedoms. We will stand by them in this goal.”

The Russian Federation voted in favor of the resolution, “but at the same time,” ambassador Anna Evstigneeva said, “we do regret that because of the position taken by some members of the council, the final version of the resolution does not take up the objective assessments of threats in Afghanistan from ISIL, nor does it take up the long-standing drugs problem. And these continue to be lingering challenges not just for the country but for the region as a whole and beyond. We emphasize that neutralizing these threats is key for the stability and security in the region. Passing over them in silence or downplaying them is unacceptable.”

With the adoption of the resolution 2596, the mandate of UNAMA has been extended until 17 March 2022. The resolution also calls for the UN Secretary-General to prepare a report by the 31 January 2021, outlining recommendations for the future configuration and responsibilities of the mission.
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