GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

The UN Security Council extended for six months the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), unanimously voting on a resolution that emphasises the importance of the establishment of an inclusive and representative government. The 15-nation Council voted on the draft resolution that extended the mandate of UNAMA until 17 March 2022.

What

  1. The resolution, stressing the important role that the United Nations will continue to play in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan, recognises the need for strengthened efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and unhindered humanitarian access, for United Nations humanitarian agencies and other humanitarian actors.
  2. The resolution stresses the critical importance of a continued presence of UNAMA and other United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes across Afghanistan.
  3. It calls upon all Afghan and international parties to coordinate with UNAMA in the implementation of its mandate and to ensure the safety, security and freedom of movement of United Nations and associated personnel throughout the country.
  4. The adoption of the resolution extending the mandate comes just over a month after the Taliban took control of Kabul and has now established an interim hardline government whose cabinet members include UN designated terrorists.