The United Nations has announced its Strategic Framework for Afghanistan for the period 2023-2025, outlining the priorities of the organization in support of the Afghan people.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement that the UN Strategic Framework articulates the UN’s approach to addressing basic human needs in Afghanistan.
The Strategic Framework, the statement said, is “prioritizing the needs and rights of those most vulnerable, including women and girls, children and youth, internally displaced persons, returnees, refugees, ethnic and religious minorities.”
“Our Strategic Framework is a robust offer of assistance to the people of Afghanistan to address their basic human needs and complement the ongoing delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance,” said Roza Otunbayeva, the UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, head of the Islamic Emirate’s Political Office in Qatar, Suhail Shaheen, said that the humanitarian issues should be separated from political issues.
“To end poverty and create job opportunities, the UN may start development projects and end economic sanctions and separate humanitarian issues from political issues,” he said.
Economists suggested that humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan should be continued.
“The women lost their jobs and the educational departments are closed for the girls, the (UN) can help them and also in general help the Afghans, and this will benefit the Afghan economy,” said Nazukmir Ziarmal, an economist.
The political analyst Najibullah Shamal suggested that the interim government help the UN and international organizations in aid delivery.
“It is necessary that the current government helps the UN and other international aid organizations to attract aid so that further aid can be allocated to the Afghans,” said Najeebullah Shamal, political analyst.
The UNAMA statement said that the United Nations Country Team and partners have identified three complementary and mutually reinforcing joint priorities as it supports the basic human needs of the Afghan people:
- Sustained Essential Services
- Economic Opportunities and Resilient Livelihoods
- Social Cohesion, Inclusion, Gender Equality, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law