As the UN climate change summit began in Egypt on Sunday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called for urgent global cooperation to stop the destructive effects of climate changes in Afghanistan.
“The Afghan people stand on the precipice of devastating climate projections. As COP27 opens today, the UN in Afghanistan calls for urgent collective action to halt the destructive impact of the altering climate in the country that is one of the least prepared against climate shocks but is ranked the sixth most affected in the world to climate-related threats,” UNAMA report reads.
According to the UNAMA’s report, droughts in many parts of the Afghanistan are becoming the norm, and episodic heavy precipitation result in flash floods and landslides.
“It is devastating to see the most vulnerable Afghans bear the brunt of environmental disasters, and it is increasingly challenging to build long term resilience and adaptation when we are constantly managing short term crises and in the absence of sufficient adaptation funding,” said Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and Humanitarian Coordinator.
At the summit, for the first time, an informal representative of the Islamic Emirate also participated.
“COP27 is ongoing right now in the Sharm El-Sheikh city of Egypt,” said Abdul Hadi Achekzai, head of NEPA.
“Apart from politics, we should be aware that climate change is a concern for Afghans,” said political expert Tariq Farhadi.
The UN's climate change summit has opened in Egypt with a warning that our planet is "sending a distress signal."
More than 120 world leaders are due to arrive at the summit known as COP27, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
This will kick off two weeks of negotiations between countries on climate action.