Humanitarian conference for Afghanistan
In response to the growing humanitarian needs in the war-ravaged country, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will convene a high-level humanitarian conference for Afghanistan on 13 September 2021. Guterres said that Afghan children, women and men need support and solidarity from the international community.
- As the United Nations continues to stand in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, the Secretary-General will travel to Geneva to convene on 13 September a high-level ministerial humanitarian meeting to address the growing needs in the country.
- The conference will advocate for a swift "scale-up in funding so the lifesaving humanitarian operation can continue; and appeal for full and unimpeded humanitarian access to make sure Afghans continue to get the essential services they need.
- The situation in Afghanistan has been deteriorating after the Taliban seized control of the war-ravaged country. On 15 August 2021, the Afghan government fell soon after President Ashraf Ghani left the country.
- The US completed the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, ending one of its longest wars.
- USA and Coalition forces evacuated more than 123,000 civilians out of Afghanistan and slightly more than 6,000 of them were US citizens.