The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, Daniel Peter Endres, expressed concerns over the affects of climate changes in Afghanistan, saying that the climate crisis “today is unfolding” while it has been responsible for just “0.08 percent of global green gas emissions.”
According to him, the country ranks as the world’s sixth vulnerable and least ready country to address the impacts of climate change.
“Over the past 70 years, Afghanistan has experienced rising temperatures, declining rainfalls and unprecedented level of deforestation,” Endres said in a video released by OCHA Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the State Ministry for Disaster Management, Mullah Jan Saiq, said that if the current impacts of the climate changes are not addressed in Afghanistan, it will cause huge damages to the country.
“Due to the shortage of rainfalls and drought in recent years, the people have sustained very damages. The people in the coming winter will face more harm,” he said.
TOLOnews reached out to some farmers who shared their deep concerns about the affects of climate changes on their harvests.
“There is a severe drought in the country. Farming is very challenging and the harvests are not good in their seasons,” said Sadiq Khan, a farmer.
This comes as the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference known as COP 28 hosted by the UAE invited no representative from Afghanistan.